Bloodchild and Other Stories


Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E Butler

Synopsis: A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes “Bloodchild,” winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and “Speech Sounds,” winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, “Amnesty” is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is “The Book of Martha” which asks: What would you do if God granted you the ability—and responsibility—to save humanity from itself?

Like all of Octavia Butler’s best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature’s strongest voices.

First Published: August 1995 | ISBN-13: 978-1583226988

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Mini-bio: Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field. Wikipedia

There is something captivating about Butler’s style—she’s so inviting and raw, and always disconcerting. From shrub-like alien colonies that employ human factory workers, to essays about experiencing the publishing world as a woman of color, no other writer connects more deeply to their readers. Do not stop at the Hugo- and Nebula-winning “Bloodchild,” or the Hugo-winning “Speech Sounds.” All essays and stories are worthy for their powerful sense of estrangement. – From 10 Great Books on SciFi (2)

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