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Octavia Butler or Octavia E. Butler (born June 22, 1947) is an American science fiction writer, and one of the handful of African-American women in the field.

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Patternist Series

  • Patternmaster (1976)
  • Mind of My Mind (1977) - Sequel to Wild Seed. An immortal's breeding program creates a society of networked telepaths that he struggles to control.
  • Survivor (1978)
  • Wild Seed (1980) - Two immortals, one who changes bodies and another who has perfect control of her own, struggle to live together over generations. - James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner
  • Clay's Ark (1984)

Xenogenesis/Lilith's Brood series

  • Dawn (1987) - After the near extinction of humanity, an alien species colonizing Earth with alien-human hybrids
  • Adulthood Rites (1988)
  • Imago (1989)

The three volumes of this series are also collected into two omnibus editions, Xenogenesis (out of print) and Lilith's Brood.

Parable series

  • Parable of the Sower (1993) - a girl develops a philosophical system during her childhood in a walled town. When her home is destroyed, she travels with companions to try to start a community where her religion can grow.
  • Parable of the Talents (1998)


  • Kindred (1979) - often shelved in Literature or African-American Literature[?], rather than with science fiction. Story of a modern African-American woman who keeps falling back through time to rescue her white, slave-owning ancestor.
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995) - title story, "Bloodchild" (1984), won Hugo and Nebula Awards.

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