Octavia E. Butler
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Octavia E. Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler, often referred to as the "grand dame of science fiction," was born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947. She received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena Community College, and also attended California State University in Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. During 1969 and 1970, she studied at the Screenwriter's Guild Open Door Program and the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, where she took a class with science fiction master Harlan Ellison (who later became her mentor), and which led to Butler selling her first science fiction stories.

Butler's first story, "Crossover," was published in the 1971 Clarion anthology. Patternmaster, her first novel and the first title of her five-volume Patternist series, was published in 1976, followed by Mind of My Mind in 1977. Others in the series include Survivor (1978), Wild Seed (1980), which won the James Tiptree Award, and Clay's Ark (1984).

With the publication of Kindred in 1979, Butler was able to support herself writing full time. She won the Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story, "Speech Sounds," and in 1985, Butler's novelette "Bloodchild" won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and an award for best novelette from Science Fiction Chronicle.

Other books by Octavia E. Butler include the Xenogenesis trilogy: Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988) and Imago (1989), and a short story collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995). Parable of the Sower (1993), the first of her Earthseed series, was a finalist for the Nebula Award as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The book's sequel, Parable of the Talents (1998), won a Nebula Award.

In 1995 Butler was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship.

AWARDS

1980, Creative Arts Award, L.A. YWCA
1984, Hugo Award for Best Short Story - Speech Sounds
1984, Nebula Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
1985, Science Fiction Chronicle Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
1985, Locus Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
1985, Hugo Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
1995, MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant
1999, Nebula Award for Best Novel - Parable of the Talents
2000, PEN American Center lifetime achievement award in writing
2010, Inductee Science Fiction Hall of Fame
2012, Solstice Award, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

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    • Kindred

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Kim Staunton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland....

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    • Octavia is awesome!!

    • By Kirsten on 01-30-08

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    • Parable of the Sower

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler paints a stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future....

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    • Better than Mark

    • By Noah Paul on 11-05-09

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    • Dawn

    • Xenogenesis, Book 1
    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
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    In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it.

    • By Lindsay on 01-31-16

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    • Wild Seed

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
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    Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu....

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    • By Annette on 12-23-09

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    • Parable of the Talents

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
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    Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity....

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    • A Look Into Our Future

    • By Alysia on 01-27-14

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    • Bloodchild and Other Stories

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Six remarkable stories from a master of modern science fiction....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good stories, well narrated

    • By Donna on 08-03-15

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    • Adulthood Rites

    • Xenogenesis, Book 2
    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
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    In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin....

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    • Great second part, Can't wait to finish the series

    • By Carolina on 11-03-14

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    • Imago

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Barrett Aldrich
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
    • Performance
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    Child of two species, but part of neither, a new being must find his way....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow!

    • By Lynnette on 10-16-16

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    • Mind of My Mind

    • Patternist, Book 2
    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Christie Clarke
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 772
    • Performance
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    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 721

    For 4,000 years, an immortal has spread the seeds of a master race, using the downtrodden as his private breeding stock....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The value of diversity in fiction authors.

    • By Michael on 04-29-14

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    • Fledgling

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Tracey Leigh
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The inhuman needs and abilities of a young amnesiac girl lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unusual Concept, Very Good Read

    • By B. W. on 09-15-08

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