Search Results: "Octavia E. Butler"


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OCTAVIA E. BUTLER by Gerry Canavan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Scholarship for science-fiction scholars."
A deep reading of the work of the late science-fiction master. Read full book review >

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PATTERNMASTER by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 1976

"Escape fiction in the best Patterned tradition."
This is fine, old-fashioned sf about a distant future in which the earth is ruled by Patternists whose psi powers let them control the "mutes" who have no mental voices and do battle with the Clayarks—strange creatures with four legs and human faces. Read full book review >

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PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1993

"A vanishingly thin plot and dreadfully preachy: imperfections for which Butler's usual virtues—lucid prose, a realistic progression of events, and splendid texture—unfortunately fail to compensate."
Diary of teenager Lauren Olamina, 2024-27, as she struggles to survive the collapse of civilization and formulate a new religion that spells out her notion of God as change: from the author of Clay's Ark, the Xenogenesis series, etc. Only walled enclaves like Robledo, California, stand against total descent into barbarism, criminality, and madness; even so, one by one the enclaves are being overrun by drug-crazed ``Paints.'' Olamina's younger brother Keith, tiring of his father's strictures and determined to make a life for himself outside, runs away, to live by robbery, murder, and drug-dealing—and quickly ends up horribly dead. Read full book review >

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UNEXPECTED STORIES by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"A small but important addition to the oeuvre of a writer deeply concerned with issues of race and gender."
Striking social commentary underscores the action in two dark, previously unpublished stories from the late sci-fi master. Read full book review >

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BLOODCHILD by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 1995

"Splendid pieces, set forth in calm, lucid prose with never a word wasted."
Essentially a novelist, Butler (Parable of the Sower, 1994, etc.) confesses that she finds short fiction arduous and frustrating. Read full book review >

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MIND OF MY MIND by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 1977

"There's a lot of intrinsic energy in the Pattern idea, and one wants to see where this erratic, gifted storyteller will pick it up next."
The first chapter in a history that Butler has already taken up at a much later stage in Patternmaster (1976). Read full book review >

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FLEDGLING by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A finely crafted character study, a parable about race and an exciting family saga. Exquisitely moving fiction."
A little girl suffering from amnesia wakes to find that she's actually a middle-aged vampire, in this suspenseful novel from Butler, her first in seven years. Read full book review >

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IMAGO by Octavia E. Butler
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Released: May 16, 1989

Third in the Xenogenesis series (Adulthood Rites, 1988), exploring the impact of the kindly but implacable alien Onkali upon an Earth devastated by nuclear war. Read full book review >

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CLAY'S ARK by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1984

"Superior science fiction, then, even if many readers will be disappointed by the non-originality of the parasite notion—and by the sketchy, cliched near-future setting."
Despite the basic triteness of its premise and its backdrop: another technically scintillating novel from the author of Kindred (1979) and the Patternmaster series. Read full book review >

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WILD SEED by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1980

"Good story, not quite the right underpinnings."
Butler's "Patternmaster" series has been appearing jigsaw-wise rather than in consistent chronological sequence of events; this latest piece fits into the puzzle somewhere before Mind of My Mind (1977). Read full book review >

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SURVIVOR by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 1978

"Still, one suspects that this author may give us something really first-rate one of these days."
On an alien world, a sect of fundamentalist, anthropocentric "Missionaries" are drawn into the affairs of two native communities: the apparently friendly Garkohn and their enemies, the Tehkohn, who preserve a harsh but just hierarchy of which the Garkohn society is a debased mockery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

E by Matt Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Your career may depend on it."
Subject: Fab debut of former London adman, making a bugger-all brilliant update on the epistolary novel by having it largely in e-mail thrashing about on the office network and focusing on London's Miller Shanks ad agency striving to land the Coke account. Read full book review >