In Mourning....  

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
2665 posts
3/4/2006 10:05 am

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3/7/2006 7:12 pm

In Mourning....

ยง On of my favorite sci-fi writers died on Friday, February 24th. Octavia Butler was 58. Authorities say she died as the result of a fall outside her home...she hit her head.

As a Black woman, she was a rarity in the genre of science fiction writing. A writer of immense talent...she won every major award in her field...including the Hugo and Nebula awards.
In 1995 she became the first sci-fi writer to win a "Genuis Fellowship"...awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Octavia Butler discovered sci-fi writing at the age of 12...inspired by a B movie..."Devil Girl from Mars". She knew she could do better.

She wrote twelve novels in all. Her works also included...short stories and various articles. Her first novel..."Kindred" is one of her best-known works. Kindred was the story of a modern-day black woman who must travel back to the antebellum South to save the life of a white, slaveholding ancestor and in doing so, save her own.

I am going back to re-read her books. They evoke much thought about today's world and the intolerance we find. One of her friends...who spoke at her memorial service...reminded those gathered...of an African proverb..."As long as you speak my name...I live"


interested13563 53M
2557 posts
3/4/2006 1:49 pm

As a sci-fi reader and a fellow human I am very sorry indeed!

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
3/4/2006 6:03 pm

My condolences... I remember reading several of her stories in ASIMOV's when I could still find it here, back in my early 20's. I liked her style, and she was a good storyteller.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
3/5/2006 6:22 pm


Thank you both for taking the time to read and comment on this post.
Ms Butler is someone I've admired for a long time. It is a loss.


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