Octavia Estelle Butler

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Octavia Estelle Butler

The first science fiction writer to ever receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Butler transcended the conventions of her chosen genre, exploring issues of empathy, social normativity, self-destruction, conservation, and tribalism. Butler is also well-known for blending science fiction with African American spiritualism. One of the few women of color publishing in a genre dominated by white men, Butler won the coveted Hugo Award and Nebula Prize twice each for her novella “Bloodchild,” her short story “Speech Sounds,” and her novel Parable of the Talents, respectively.

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