Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

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Six remarkable stories from a master of modern science fictionOctavia E. Butler’s classic “Bloodchild,” winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, anchors this collection of incomparable stories and essays. “Bloodchild” is set on a distant planet where human children spend their lives preparing to become hosts for the offspring of the alien Tlic. Sometimes the procedure is harmless, but often it is not. Also included is the Hugo Award–winning “Speech Sounds,” about a near future in which humans must adapt after an apocalyptic event robs them of their ability to speak. In these pages, Butler shows us life on Earth and amongst the stars, telling her tales with characteristic imagination and clarity.  This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.
 

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A writer who darkly imagined the future we have destined for ourselves in book after book, and also one who has shown us the way toward improving on that dismal fate, OCTAVIA E. BUTLER (1947–2006) is recognized as among the bravest and smartest of contemporary fiction writers. A 1995 MacArthur Award winner, Butler transcended the science fiction category even as she was awarded that community’s top prizes, the Nebula and Hugo Awards. She reached readers of all ages, all races, and all religious and sexual persuasions. For years the only African-American woman writing science fiction, Butler has encouraged many others to follow in her path.
 
Published July 24, 2012 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. 228 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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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.

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