Octavia E. Butler

Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of Science Fiction.

Octavia E. Butler

Biography

Date of birth: 22nd June 1947

Date of death: 24 February 2006

Californian-born Science Fiction writer Octavia E. Butler was drawn to reading the genre early in her life, through magazines like Amazing, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Galaxy. Described as paralytically shy and a daydreamer, she began writing stories as a hobby whilst 10 years old.

Her Lilith's Brood series, originally titled the Xenogenesis trilogy, take place in a world suffering in the aftermath of nuclear war or, 'humanicide'. The surviving humans are abducted by an alien race known as the Oankali who seek to trade genes with the humans to stave off evolutionary stagnation. Whilst telling a story set many years in the future, it evokes a similar narrative to slavery in the 18th century.

Butler has written many other works including Kindred, her most successful novel, the Parable series and another novel, Fledgling.

Book and writing awards

Hugo Award for Best Short Story 1984 (Speech Sounds), Nebula Award for Best Novelette 1984 (Bloodchild) and Nebula Award for Best Novel 1999 (Parable of the Talents).

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Kindred

Kindred

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On her 26th birthday, Dana and her husband are moving into their apartment when she starts to feel dizzy. She falls to her knees, nauseous. Then the world falls away. She finds herself at the edge of a green wood by a vast river. A child is...
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Kindred

Kindred (Paperback)

by Octavia E. Butler

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 27/03/2014
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing

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Bloodchild and Other Stories

Bloodchild and Other Stories (Paperback)

by Octavia E. Butler

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 10/06/2005
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.

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Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents (Paperback)

by Octavia E. Butler

Format: Paperback 365 pages
Published: 01/07/2001
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd

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In her longest and arguably greatest novel, the long-awaited "Parable of the Talents," Octavia Butler revisits her familiar themes of... Read more