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Happy Birthday, Octavia Butler!

Happy birthday to Octavia Butler (22 June, 1947 – 24 February, 2006)!

R.I.P. Octavia Butler


“In order to rise
From its own ashes
A phoenix
First
Must
Burn.”

― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents (1998)

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mosinging1986
Jun. 22nd, 2015 12:58 pm (UTC)
OOO, I love that quote. I've not read her works. Would you have any recs recommendations for a newbie?

eldritchhobbit
Jul. 1st, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
Her work is amazing. I'd recommend her novels Kindred and/or Parable of the Sower for starters. Also, her story "Speech Sounds" is amazing: it's online here. But to be honest, I've never read a work of hers I didn't think was wonderful.
internet_sampo
Jun. 22nd, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
She may be the greatest science fiction author out there.
mosinging1986
Jun. 22nd, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
She certainly has one of the coolest names!
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 1st, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
One of the very best of all time.
savageseraph
Jun. 23rd, 2015 01:23 am (UTC)
That quote is exceptionally beautiful, just as she was. I was lucky enough to meet her once at ICFA when she was our Guest of Honor one year. She gave a stirring and heartbreaking and lovely speech about her life and her writing and the power of language.

She made me laugh and cry, and inside, I soared.
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 1st, 2015 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, how amazing it must have been to meet her and hear her talk! I admire everything about her and her work.
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