Happy Birthday, Octavia!

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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. We had pooled our memories of Yoruba names, and as soon as Bankole came up with "Ife," it seemed right to both of us. It means "love,"Bankole says...

She's whole and beaustiful and healthy , and I love her more than I would have thought possible. I'm still sore and tired, but it doesn't matter. She weighs three and a half kilos, has a big appetite, and a good loud voice.