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Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006)

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About the Author

Science-fiction writer and novelist Octavia Estelle Butler was born in Pasadena, California, on June 22, 1947. She earned as Associate of Arts degree from Pasadena City College in 1968 and later attended California State University and the University of California. Her first novel, Patternmaster, mostrar mais was the first in a series about a society run by a group of telepaths who are mentally linked to one another. She explored the topics of race, poverty, politics, religion, and human nature in her works. She won a Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story Speech Sounds and a Hugo Award and Nebula Award in 1985 for her novella Bloodchild. She received a MacArthur Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The award pays $295,000 over a five-year period to creative people who push the boundaries of their fields. She died in Lake Forest Park, Washington on February 24, 2006 at the age of 58. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Octavia E. Butler

Kindred (1979) 8,238 exemplares
Parable of the Sower (1993) 7,945 exemplares
Parable of the Talents (1998) 3,510 exemplares
Dawn (1987) 3,377 exemplares
Fledgling (2005) 2,943 exemplares
Wild Seed (1980) 2,811 exemplares
Lilith's Brood (1987) 2,563 exemplares
Adulthood Rites (1988) 1,665 exemplares
Imago (1989) 1,510 exemplares
Mind of My Mind (1977) 1,336 exemplares
Clay's Ark (1984) 1,212 exemplares
Patternmaster (1976) 1,112 exemplares
Seed to Harvest (2007) 955 exemplares
Bloodchild and Other Stories (1971) 506 exemplares
Survivor (1978) 350 exemplares
Unexpected Stories (2014) 236 exemplares
Earthseed: The Complete Series (2016) 178 exemplares
Bloodchild [short fiction] (1984) 151 exemplares
Speech Sounds {story} (1983) 23 exemplares
Amnesty {story} (2003) 4 exemplares
The Book of Martha {story} (2003) 3 exemplares
Science Fiction Special 32 (1981) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Near of Kin {story} (1979) 3 exemplares
Crossover {story} (1971) 3 exemplares
Kindred 1 exemplar
Elos Da Mente 1 exemplar
Bloodchild 1 exemplar
Science Fiction Special 31 (1979) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
De zaaier 1 exemplar
Book of the Living 1 exemplar
2000x: Bloodchild 1 exemplar
Journeys (1996) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008) — Contribuidor — 1,540 exemplares
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 810 exemplares
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuidor — 410 exemplares
Year's Best SF 9 (2004) — Contribuidor — 255 exemplares
The 1985 Annual World's Best SF (1985) — Contribuidor — 236 exemplares
The New Hugo Winners: Award Winning Science Fiction Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 209 exemplares
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
Future on Ice (1998) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
A Woman's Liberation: A Choice of Futures by and About Women (2001) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2000) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #14 (1985) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
The Best of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (1988) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Clarion (1971) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (2017) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine: 30th Anniversary Anthology (2007) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (2003) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume IX (1993) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture (2002) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Crucified Dreams (2011) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Invaders! (1993) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars (2013) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Chrysalis 4 (1979) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Omni Visions One (1993) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Virtually Now: Stories of Science, Technology, and the Future (1996) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Sinister Wisdom 71: Open Issue (2007) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares


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January 2021: Octavia Butler em Monthly Author Reads (Novembro 2021)
Octavia Butler: American Author Challenge em 75 Books Challenge for 2017 (Agosto 2017)


I was expecting more from this book after hearing so much praise for so long. Objectively it's well done, especially the world-building. However, our protagonist strikes me as a Mary Sue and none of the characters are strongly drawn. I was borne along on the tide of story but never felt immersed by the plot.
fionaanne | 233 outras críticas | Feb 27, 2024 |
My 1st Octavia Butler. Heard about this book from Velshi's Banned Book Club. In 1976, Dana, a 26 year old black woman married to a white man in California finds herself pulled into the 1700's just in time to save a young boy from drowning. The boy Rufus, was the son of a slave owner. It was the beginning of many episodes of her being called to the past by the boy as he aged and needing her help to save him. They established a unique relationship despite being a black woman, she was still considered a slave and could be sold like the fate of many during this time. The book details many of the struggles and quite graphic on some of the ways slaves were punished on the plantation This was difficult at times to hear the way the people were treated and how hard of a life they lived. It reminded me of "Roots" the series on TV back in the 80's. A reminder of how it was for black people in the south, not so many years ago and definitely important lesson of our early history.… (mais)
booklovers2 | 347 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2024 |
Butler reimagines vampires as a long-lived humanoid species that has evolved alongside Homo sapiens, with the two species in an allegedly symbiotic relationship but one that has echoes of slavery apologism ("they were happy and better off under the benevolent care...") if the reader looks beneath the surface of the story. The human "symbionts" double their lifespan, quickly heal from any health issues, receive immense pleasure from being fed on, and never have to worry about their material needs, but they also must go wherever their vampire masters go, follow their masters' orders, and will die if separated from them.

Butler's vampire heroine, a black girl with the appearance of a 10 year old child, is thus analogous to a kindly slave master. If that isn't enough to make the reader uncomfortable, if it escapes the notice, she also has sexual relationships with her symbionts in her 10-year-old-appearing body; while it's true that she's actually been alive for 53 years, this is still a pre-pubescent in the vampire species, as she's physically unable to reproduce yet. Yet everyone, vampire and human, sees nothing wrong with these relationships.

So we have a slave owner sexually exploiting their slaves with all the apologism for that that once in fact existed, essentially, but the historical associations that conjures in America are flipped, such that the underage black girl is on top of this power structure. For that to happen she'd no doubt have to be a vampire.

However there exist among the vampires families of white supremacists who are angered that some of their species have been using genetic engineering to blend black human DNA with vampire DNA to create black vampires who are not as vulnerable to sunlight. It's a bit confused at times whether they are violently bigoted against humans in general or black humans in particular, both I suppose, but in any event, they mad. Vampire slavery they feel should not be open to individuals who appear black due to spliced-in human DNA.

It sets up an interesting and fun ride particularly if the reader has a soft spot for vampire mythologies, as I confess, I do. It gives us an atypical vampire heroine and shows the seductive power that slavery apologism once wielded, as it's easy to see the symbionts as truly in fact better off while you're immersed in the story, though there are hints otherwise...
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lelandleslie | 143 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
This may be Butler's most accessible book. Fiction of another world.
ben_r47 | 347 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |


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