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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.
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.
Dear Beautiful Butler Fans,
OctaviaButler.net needs an editorial board. The site, originally developed as a tribute, is now ready to become a true resource for the fan community.
Are you interested in furthering Octavia Butler's legacy? Do you want to make really good content and information about science fiction available to the world?
Who we're looking for:
"Ife" was Bankole's idea. I didn't remember it.
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
Conseula Francis (Editor),
2010, University Press of Mississippi
288 pages, 6 x 9 inches
978-1-60473-276-4 Paperback $22.00
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.
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 .