Octavia Butler
Kindred

Kindred

I waited far too long to read Kindred by Octavia Butler, and I was riveted from the first page. Time travel meets slave narrative in this modern science fiction classic. When Dana, a modern Black woman from 1976, gets transported to the antebellum south in order to save one of her white ancestors, she preserves her own history. But it doesn’t end there. As she keeps getting pulled back to the past, her trips grow more and more dangerous, and Dana must figure out how to survive in a reality far more terrifying than the history books ever suggested. If you still need a push to read Kindred, listen to Volume II Episode III of One Great Book.

More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Amazon
Buy from Audible.com
Buy from IndieBound
Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower

The New York Times calls this dystopian coming of age novel "a gripping tale of survival and a poignant account of growing up sane in a disintegrating world."

More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Amazon
Buy from Audible.com
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Wild Seed (The Patternist Series Book 1)

Wild Seed (The Patternist Series Book 1)

Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Octavia E. Butler's sweeping cross-century epic places her "among the best of contemporary science fiction writers" (<em>Houston Chronicle</em>). From the publisher: "As the acclaimed Patternist science fiction series begins, two immortals meet in the long-ago past. For a thousand years, Doro has cultivated a small African village, carefully breeding its people in search of seemingly unattainable perfection. But when a gang of New World slavers destroys his village, Doro is forced to go west and begin anew. He meets Anyanwu, a shapeshifter, capable of healing with a kiss. Though many humans have tried to kill them, these two demi-gods have never before met a rival. Now they begin a struggle that will last centuries and permanently alter the nature of humanity."

More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Amazon
Buy from Audible.com
Kindred: A Graphic Novel

Kindred: A Graphic Novel

Part time-travel tale, part slave narrative. From the publisher: "More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers. Octavia E. Butler's bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, adapted in graphic novel format. Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, and adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him."

More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Amazon
Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from IndieBound
Seed to Harvest: The Complete Patternist Series (The Patternist Series)

Seed to Harvest: The Complete Patternist Series (The Patternist Series)

I just talked about author Octavia Butler on a recent episode of One Great Book. This is her classic science fiction Patternist series. From the publisher: "In the late seventeenth century, two immortals meet in an African forest. Anyanwu is a healer, a three-hundred-year-old woman who uses her wisdom to help those around her. The other is Doro, a malevolent despot who has mastered the power of stealing the bodies of others when his wears out. Over the next three centuries, Doro mounts a colossal selective breeding project, attempting to create a master race of telepaths. He succeeds beyond his wildest dreams, splitting the human race down the middle and establishing a new world order dominated by the most manipulative minds on Earth."

More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Amazon