Welcome! This is a fansite for Octavia E. Butler, a visionary and award-winning science-fiction author. This blog has a strong collection of content by, and about, Octavia Butler. We want to hear from you! You can write a brief note in the Guestbook or comment on one of the posts.  Also, we would love to post your essays and longer notes in our fan essays section; use the contact us page to submit a post.  Enjoy!

L. A. Banks, legendary writer of paranormal fantasy

L. A. Banks fan photo- March 2009 (Photo by OctaviaButler.net)L. A. Banks fan photo- March 2009 Panel: L. A. Banks (center) and Nnedi Okorafor (right) talk with panel moderator Nina Mercer at the NBWC Symposium, March 28, 2009. (Photo by OctaviaButler.net)

Genre fans are mourning the passing of L. A. Banks, a prolific writer of paranormal fantasy, romance, and even crime thrillers. She wrote the Vampire Huntress Legend series which includes popular books like The Damned, The Forsaken, and Minion.

She also wrote the Crimson Moon series. The most recent books in that series, Never Cry Werewolf and Left for Undead: A Crimson Moon Novel, came out in 2010.

Fans were thrilled by the beginning of a new series about light and dark, angels and evil. The first book in the series, Surrender the Dark, was published in March. It would be great if fans continued the series by writing fiction inspired by her work.

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Happy Birthday, Octavia!

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the birth of the phenomenal science-fiction writer, Octavia Estelle Butler. Here is a birthday story from her novel, Parable of the Talents:

"Ife" was Bankole's idea. I didn't remember it.

Kindred books, audio, and guides

As we countdown to Octavia Butler's birthday on June 22, here are some products you might want for your bookshelf or to give as gifts!



25th Anniversary Edition




Study Guides

Captivating Conversations: A book review

Conversations Cover Conversations with Octavia Butler (Literary Conversations Series)

Conseula Francis (Editor),
2010, University Press of Mississippi
288 pages, 6 x 9 inches
978-1-60473-276-4 Paperback $22.00

Review from Expanded Horizons, Issue 26.

Although much has been written about the legendary writer Octavia Butler (1947-2006), there have been no nonfiction compilations of media about this trailblazing Black woman science-fiction writer — until now. In Conversations with Octavia Butler, Conseula Francis, an associate professor of English and director of African American studies at the College of Charleston, has compiled a varied set of twenty-three interviews. Because I collect Butler-related writings and other media, I didn’t expect to find much new information in this compilation. Indeed, a few of the interviews were quite familiar to me because I have worked to publicize them. Yet, this book took me by surprise. Two days after opening the paperback edition, I was startled to find that I had read Conversations virtually cover-to-cover.

Celebrating Octavia Butler in Brooklyn!

A wonderful event happens tomorrow.  The National Black Writers Conference Bi-Annual Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11 AM - 5 PM at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Life and Work of Octavia E. Butler".  I hope to see you there! For more information: 

Women Writing Sci-Fi: from Brave New Worlds

Here is a clip from "Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon", a 1993 TV documentary. The clip starts off with Robert Silverberg, then Karen Joy Fowler and Octavia Butler talk about why more women writers began writing science fiction in the 1970s. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW9hVkrO9OU .


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