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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 .