Theatrical Tuesday: Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler is one of the first sci-fi authors I read, one who left a profound mark on me with only one book, as well as being one of the pioneers of sci-fi. All this, and yet it’s bloody hard to find books by her in a used bookstore. Maybe because they are so good.

I think the first book I read was out of the “Lilith’s Brood” series, a chilling and somehow frightening story that was written with great talent and realism. Now I’m reading “Parable of the Sower”, in which Butler lays out the tenants of her fictional religion “Earthseed”.

I highly recommend Butler. Besides her skill with words, she writes allegories and social commentary unusually well, proposing and presenting powerful themes without making them obnoxious and apparent.


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