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March 02, 2006

Octavia Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler, writer of remarkable science fiction, McArthur fellow, Hugo and Nebula winner, altogether amazing woman, died this past weekend. If you have never read her work we have Fledgling, published last fall and three of earlier works: Bloodchild : novellas and stories, Clay's Ark and Parable of the Talents.

A partial list of her work: (series grouped)
Patternist Series: Patternmaster; Mind of my Mind; Survivor; Wild Seed; Clay's Ark
Xenogenesis Series: (Lilith's Brood) Dawn; Adulthood Rites; Imago
Earthseed Series: Parable of the Sower (Nebula nominee); Parable of the Talents (Nebula winner)
Short works: Speech Sounds (Hugo winner); The Evening, the Morning and the Night (novelette, Nebula nominee); Bloodchild (this novelette was both a Hugo and a Nebula winner)
online stories The Book of Martha; Amnesty

Interview from 2000; an interview from 2004; partial bibliography; a short biography and extensive bibliography of the critical literature; Time Warner author page; Pasadena City College entry; other links

And was she also the Octavia E. Butler who co-authored Good Questions for Math Teaching with Peter Sullivan? At least some editions supposedly list an Octavia E. Butler as a co-author though this is not substantiated in the LOC catalog. Seems unlikly, but in at least one of the novels one of the characters is a high school math teacher.

Posted by library at March 2, 2006 10:07 AM