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!
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Happy Birthday, Octavia Butler!

Today is Octavia Butler's birthday!  Sixty-one years ago today, a legendary writer came into the world.  Her novels and stories have intrigued and inspired thousands of readers.  Over the course of the week, I will be adding a number of posts as we celebrate this important day!

She gave us a voice

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.”

A few thoughts I would like to share

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."

Kindred audio drama announcement

In 2001, Kindred, Octavia Butler's landmark 1979 novel, was brought to life in an exceptional audio adaptation. This adaptation starred Alfre Woodard as "Dana" and was produced by Brian Smith and Jacqueline Cuscuna for Seeing Ear Theatre (SET). In 2007, SciFi.com closed SET and the link to the adaptation of Octavia Butler's Kindred at scifi.com/kindred was lost. Until now. For the past several weeks, a link on the left sidebar has quietly led to a reconstruction of the SET Kindred site. Today, I formally announce that the special section for the drama is open. Enjoy listening!

She had a presence

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.

Science Future, Science Fiction

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!

Parable of the Sower is recommended

I'm about a month late with this post, but here goes... The Carl Brandon Society is dedicated to improving the visibility of people of color in the speculative genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magical realism. Last month, on their blog, they posted a Black History Month SF Reading List, which includes Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler as the second book.  Check out the list for some excellent reading!

"Keep her ideas and spirit alive"

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.

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