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Octavia E. Butler

Gerry Canavan


“I began writing about power because I had so little,” Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler's life as an African American woman—an alien in American society and among science fiction writers—informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction. This book offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler's career. Drawing on Butler's personal papers, the book tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler's frustrations and launched her triumphs. The book departs from other ... More

Keywords: science fiction, science fiction writers, Octavia E. Butler, novels, short stories, Patternist series, Kindred, Blindsight, Clay's Ark, Parables series

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040665
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerry Canavan, author