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Octavia E. Butler$
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Gerry Canavan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040665

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.001.0001

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Psychogenesis (1971–1976)

Psychogenesis (1971–1976)

(p.30) Chapter 2 Psychogenesis (1971–1976)
Octavia E. Butler

Gerry Canavan

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's writing career during the period 1971–1976, focusing on her early Patternist books, Patternmaster (1976), Mind of My Mind (1977), and Survivor (1978), along with the unpublished “The Evening and the Morning and the Night” [I] (1970s). The chapter begins with an overview of Butler's career struggles, her early interest in fantasy and science fiction, her initial foray into commercial fiction, and her love of comic books. It then considers Butler's preference for novel writing, her professional frustrations, and her depression and self-criticism before analyzing her Patternist series in greater detail. It also examines the theme of power that pervades Butler's stories.

Keywords:   power, Octavia E. Butler, Patternmaster, Mind of My Mind, Survivor, science fiction, commercial fiction, comic books, Patternist series, self-criticism

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