Octavia E. Butler
Bloodchild and Other Stories

Bloodchild and Other Stories

Science fiction might be the eeriest genre of all. Think of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror (neither of which you’ll catch me watching before bed). In this genre, otherworldly elements often highlight real human themes, and Octavia Butler is a master of the craft. Her only collection of short stories includes the Hugo award-winning title story “Bloodchild,” which examines a strange bond between tic-like aliens and the humans who have colonized their planet. Other stories are more realistic, but every tale exposes a new truth about the human condition.

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Lilith’s Brood: The Complete Xenogenesis Trilogy

Lilith’s Brood: The Complete Xenogenesis Trilogy

Science fiction might be the eeriest genre of all. This is Octavia Butler's science fiction Xenogenesis series. In this genre, otherworldly elements often highlight real human themes, and Octavia Butler is a master of the craft. From the publisher: "The complete series about an alien species that could save humanity after nuclear apocalypse—or destroy it—from 'one of science fiction’s finest writers' (The New York Times)."

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Earthseed: The Complete Series

Earthseed: The Complete Series

From the publisher: "A multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner’s powerful saga of survival and destiny in a near-future dystopian America."

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Fledgling

Fledgling

From the publisher: "Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s last novel, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of 'otherness' and questions what it means to be truly human."

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Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents

From the publisher: "Lauren Olamina was only eighteen when her family was killed, and anarchy encroached on her Southern California home. She fled the war zone for the hope of quiet and safety in the north. There she founded Acorn, a peaceful community based on a religion of her creation, called Earthseed, whose central tenet is that God is change. Five years later, Lauren has married a doctor and given birth to a daughter. Acorn is beginning to thrive. But outside the tranquil group’s walls, America is changing for the worse. Presidential candidate Andrew Steele Jarret wins national fame by preaching a return to the values of the American golden age. To his marauding followers, who are identified by their crosses and black robes, this is a call to arms to end religious tolerance and racial equality—a brutal doctrine they enforce by machine gun. And as this band of violent extremists sets its deadly sights on Earthseed, Acorn is plunged into a harrowing fight for its very survival."

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