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by Wrey F., Caguas, Puerto Rico
Octavia Butler’s work redeemed Science Fiction for me in many ways.
As a young, gay, Latino man in love with a genre which constantly betrayed me by making me invisible and unrepresented, Octavia’s work said to me, “I see you. I recognize you. I validate you, and I will write about you.”
by Joe D., Shanghai, China and Seattle, Washington
1) I stumbled upon Octavia Butler years ago because I read a book by Orson Scott Card titled How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. In this book, Mr. Card uses Ms. Butler's work quite often as a great example of certain writing techniques. It is quite obvious that he is a huge fan. If you haven't already, check out this 2001 interview with Mr. Card (http://www.sffworld.com/interview/18p0.html) where in the last question he states, "I would require people who think they hate science fiction to read Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy."
by Georg N., Washington, DC
She had a presence that was more Ananyu than anything else,
with a deep sonorous voice that whispered from a place
that you felt like you remembered that knew you once knew but had forgotten.
I am excited to have video footage to share! Here are all the clips from Octavia Butler speaking on a panel discussion at UCLA in 2002. The full panel is on the Frank Herbert's Dune dvd (second disk, about 28 minutes). These are Ms. Butler's segments, brought to us by sonic1267 (4min3sec). The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgeyVE3NHJM Enjoy!
Patti from Vancouver, Canada sent a lovely and heartfelt email via the Contact Us page. She wrote:
I stumbled across Parable of the Talents, and then the Sower and was profoundly moved by them both.