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Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006)

Autor(a) de Kindred

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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 de Octavia E. Butler

Kindred (1979) 8,387 cópias
Parable of the Sower (1993) 8,099 cópias
Parable of the Talents (1998) 3,549 cópias
Dawn (1987) 3,412 cópias
Fledgling (2005) 2,985 cópias
Wild Seed (1980) 2,835 cópias
Lilith's Brood (1987) 2,581 cópias
Adulthood Rites (1988) 1,687 cópias
Imago (1989) 1,529 cópias
Mind of My Mind (1977) 1,350 cópias
Clay's Ark (1984) 1,228 cópias
Patternmaster (1976) 1,123 cópias
Seed to Harvest (2007) 962 cópias
Bloodchild and Other Stories (1971) 511 cópias
Survivor (1978) 352 cópias
Unexpected Stories (2014) 237 cópias
Earthseed: The Complete Series (2016) 184 cópias
Bloodchild [short fiction] (1984) 156 cópias
Speech Sounds {story} (1983) 23 cópias
Amnesty {story} (2003) 4 cópias
Science Fiction Special 32 (1981) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
The Book of Martha {story} (2003) 3 cópias
Near of Kin {story} (1979) 3 cópias
Crossover {story} (1971) 3 cópias
De zaaier (2024) 2 cópias
Bloodchild 1 exemplar(es)
The Missing Relationship 1 exemplar(es)
Butler, Octavia Archive 1 exemplar(es)
Science Fiction Special 31 (1979) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Kindred 1 exemplar(es)
Elos Da Mente 1 exemplar(es)
Parable of the Sower 1 exemplar(es)
Book of the Living 1 exemplar(es)
2000x: Bloodchild 1 exemplar(es)
Journeys (1996) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Arca de Clay (O Padronista v.3) (2019) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008) — Contribuinte — 1,547 cópias
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contribuinte — 823 cópias
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuinte — 417 cópias
Year's Best SF 9 (2004) — Contribuinte — 257 cópias
The 1985 Annual World's Best SF (1985) — Contribuinte — 239 cópias
The New Hugo Winners: Award Winning Science Fiction Stories (1989) — Contribuinte — 210 cópias
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contribuinte — 200 cópias
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Contribuinte — 166 cópias
Future on Ice (1998) — Contribuinte — 143 cópias
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contribuinte — 133 cópias
A Woman's Liberation: A Choice of Futures by and About Women (2001) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias
Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004) — Contribuinte — 112 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 (2001) — Contribuinte — 102 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2000) — Contribuinte — 91 cópias
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #14 (1985) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
The Best of Isaac Asimovs SF Magazine (1988) — Contribuinte — 71 cópias
Clarion (1971) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (2017) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume IX (1993) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (2003) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture (2002) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
Crucified Dreams (2011) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
Invaders! (1993) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars (2013) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
Chrysalis 4 (1979) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Omni Visions One (1993) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Sinister Wisdom 71: Open Issue (2007) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum



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


Interesting, original story. Writing is alright, nothing awe-inspiring.
RaynaPolsky | outras 238 resenhas | Apr 23, 2024 |
Kindred has been falsely branded under the classification of a genre novel (genre-bending or not), just because it happens to incorporate some seemingly fantastical ingredients as part of the wordsmith's brew, and in so doing, has belittled its rightful status as a masterstroke of modern art and educational significance. There is so much gravity in the historical depictions contained within these pages smeared with blood and tears, portrayed with a harrowing present-day voice which is so identifiable, that it is an earthshaking experience for anyone to leaf through with at least an ounce of pity in their heart. This is a staggering story of the realities of slavery and an eye-opening portrayal of a demoralizing human cruelty. Why there are so many contenders which take Kindred's place as required academic reading I'll never comprehend.… (mais)
TheBooksofWrath | outras 350 resenhas | Apr 18, 2024 |
Not sure why I happened upon this classic sci-if novel, written in 1993, which interestedly begins its narrative in 2024. It might be because my current Libby App is not offering much in the way of decent literary fiction. So somewhere I heard this author mentioned and decided to venture into unknown territory. Octavia Butler became the first science-fiction writer to be awarded a MacArthur fellowship, and the book is often grouped with 1984 and the Handmaid's Tale.
The narrator, Lauren Olamina, is a 15 year old girl living in a walled California community, trying to fend off the outside groups from invading. Climate change, poverty and unemployment have created this Mad Max existence- speculative fiction; no aliens or vampires, just a projection of what was current issues. "I considered drugs and the effects of drugs on the children of drug addicts. I looked at the growing rich/ poor gap, at throwaway labor, at our willingness to build and fill prisons, our reluctance to build and repair schools and libraries, and at our assault on the environment. In particular, I looked at global warming and the ways in which it’s likely to change things for us."
In addition to the vivid portrait of the setting, the narrator is equally engaging. Lauren has hyper-empathy, meaning she feels the pain of others as her own. She is a sharer. She also is forming the tenets of her our religion- Earthseed, where God is Change. Butler writes"change is the one inescapable truth, change is the basic clay of our lives. In order to live constructive lives, we must learn to shape change when we can and yield to it when we must. Either way, we must learn and teach, adapt and grow."
The arc of the novel is a journey Lauren takes with others when her community is destroyed. Having lost her family, she bonds with others to hopefully find a place where they can exist. The novel reaches a satisfying ending but also sets up the sequel.
The dogs used to belong to people—or their ancestors did. But dogs eat meat. These days, no poor or middle class person who had an edible piece of meat would give it to a dog.

And you know that drug that makes people want to set fires?” She nodded, chewing. “It’s spreading again. It was on the east coast. Now it’s in Chicago. The reports say that it makes watching a fire better than sex.

I like Curtis Talcott a lot. Maybe I love him. Sometimes I think I do. He says he loves me. But if all I had to look forward to was marriage to him and babies and poverty that just keeps getting worse, I think I’d kill myself.

“That’s the ultimate Earthseed aim, and the ultimate human change short of death. It’s a destiny we’d better pursue if we hope to be anything other than smooth-skinned dinosaurs—here today, gone tomorrow, our bones mixed with the bones and ashes of our cities.”
… (mais)
novelcommentary | outras 238 resenhas | Apr 9, 2024 |
his is one I've been meaning to read for a while, and boy am I glad I did. Butler uses sci-fi to explore the slave experience in the early 1800s. Dana is a young black woman living with her new white husband in 70's era Los Angeles. One day she gets dizzy and finds herself transported back to 1815 Maryland and finds the young son of a Plantation owner drowning. She saves him, but in doing so she is threatened with a gun and is transported back. She becomes linked to this boy. Whenever he's in trouble she goes back to help him. Whenever she's threatened in the past, she is sent home. Time hardly moves in LA, but years go by in Maryland. Each time she goes back it becomes harder and harder to reconcile the free and independent woman she is with the slave she needs to be. A fascinating read.… (mais)
mahsdad | outras 350 resenhas | Apr 3, 2024 |


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