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Butler, Octavia E.

Works: 213 works in 767 publications in 13 languages and 31,287 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Psychological fiction  Political fiction  Horror fiction  Time-travel fiction  Graphic novels  Comic books, strips, etc  Comics (Graphic works)  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PS3552.U827, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Octavia E Butler
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Kindred by Octavia E Butler( Book )

71 editions published between 1979 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 3,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana?s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin
Parable of the sower by Octavia E Butler( Book )

40 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set thirty years in the future, a young woman suffering from hyperempathy, to feel others' pain as well as her own, makes a dangerous journey north from Southern California
Parable of the talents : a novel by Octavia E Butler( Book )

42 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Parable of the Talents celebrates the classic Butlerian themes of alienation and transcendence, violence and spirituality, slavery and freedom, separation and community, to astonishing effect, in the shockingly familiar, broken world of 2032. Long awaited, Parable of the Talents is the continuation of the travails of Lauren Olamina, the heroine of 1994's Nebula-Prize finalist, bestselling Parable of the Sower. Parable of the Talents is told in the voice of Lauren Olamina's daughter--from whom she has been separated for most of the girl's life--with sections in the form of Lauren's journal. Against a background of a war-torn continent, and with a far-right religious crusader in the office of the U.S. presidency, this is a book about a society whose very fabric has been torn asunder, and where the basic physical and emotional needs of people seem almost impossible to meet"--
Fledgling : novel by Octavia E Butler( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl suffering from amnesia wakes up to find that she's actually a middle-aged vampire
Bloodchild and other stories by Octavia E Butler( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and Korean and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novellas and stories from one of the few black women science fiction writers. The title novella is on aliens who use the bodies of humans, men included, to incubate their young, while The Evening and the Morning and the Night is on a disease whose symptom is self-mutilation
Wild seed by Octavia E Butler( Book )

44 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex or design. He fears no one, until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu has also died many times. She can absorb bullets and make medicine with a kiss, give birth to tribes, nurture and heal, and savage anyone who threatens those she loves. She fears no one, until she meets Doro. From African jungles to the colonies of America, Doro and Anyanwu weave together a pattern of destiny that not even immortals can imagine
Dawn : xenogenesis by Octavia E Butler( Book )

31 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The human race, now infertile, fights to maintain its identity when the alien species, Oankali, offers to trade genetic material and bioengineering at the price of metamorphosing a new kind of being
Clay's ark by Octavia E Butler( Book )

25 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and French and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a frightening near future, an alien disease is poised to become a devastating global epidemic, unless someone can stop it. Blake Maslin and his two daughters are driving to Flagstaff when bandits swarm their car. At gunpoint, the marauders kidnap one of Blake's children, promising to keep her safe in return for medical care. Warily, the doctor goes with them, not realizing that he has just taken the first step down a terrifying path that will consume his life. The gunmen take him deep into the desert, to a colony of people infected with a gruesome alien disease. It causes weakness, sallow skin, and birth defects so horrible that the children who suffer them cannot rightly be called human. The victims have quarantined themselves in the desert lest their illness spread and doom mankind. But as their willingness to accept isolation falters, Blake becomes the last hope for the survival of an uncontaminated Earth. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler, including rare images from the author's estate
Adulthood rites : xenogenesis by Octavia E Butler( Book )

33 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told in the haunting voice of Lilith, the heroine of "Dawn", this book is the story of Lilith's only son, Akin. Though he resembles a normal human, Akin is the first "construct"--Part man/part alien
Kindred by Octavia E Butler( )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dana, a modern African-American woman, is is snatched abruptly from her home in 1976 California and transported to the antebellum South in order to save the life of a white slave owner
Imago by Octavia E Butler( Book )

32 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conclusion of the Xenogenesis trilogy chronicles the life of Jodahs, the offspring of human parents and an alien whose mission is to function as a gene trader in a human world increasingly hostile to aliens
Mind of my mind by Octavia E Butler( Book )

21 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For four thousand years, an immortal has spread the seeds of an evolutionary master race, using the downtrodden of the underclass as his private breeding stock. But now a young ghetto telepath has found the way to awaken-- and rule-- her superhuman kind, igniting a psychic battle from L.A. mansions to South Central slums, as she challenges her creator for the right to free her people... And enslave the Earth."--Publisher description
Lilith's brood by Octavia E Butler( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All of humanity must share the world with uncanny, unimaginable alien creatures after war destroys Earth, in an omnibus edition containing three class science fiction novels--Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago. The acclaimed trilogy that comprises Lilith's Brood is multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winner Octavia E. Butler at her best. Presented for the first time in one volume, with an introduction by Joan Slonczewski, Ph. D., Lilith's Brood is a profoundly evocative, sensual--and disturbing--epic of human transformation. Lilith Lyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected, by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: Their own children. This is their story
Patternmaster by Octavia E Butler( Book )

18 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Patternist is a telepathic race, commanded by the Patternmaster, whose thoughts can destroy, heal, rule. Coransee, son of the ruling Patternmaster, wants the throne and will stop at nothing to get it, including venture into the wild mutant-infested hills to destroy a young apprentice--his equal and his brother
Parable of the talents by Octavia E Butler( )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of depravity. Taking advantage of the situation, a zealous bigot wins his way into the White House. Lauren Olamina leads a new faith group directly opposed to the new government. This is the story of the group's struggle to preserve its vision
Survivor by Octavia E Butler( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and French and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The child Alanna has declared her allegiance to the Missionaries--a religious sect dedicated to perpetuating the sacred image of humanity throughout the universe. But although she loved and respected her stepparents, who had rescued her from a savage life in the wilderness and taught her to be human, she had never really been one of them. And when a deadly plague forces the Missionaries to abandon Earth and flee to a strange planet inhabited by warring tribes of aliens, Alanna finds herself torn by conflicting loyalties. For the Missionaries soon join forces with the Garkohn tribe, while Alanna is strangely attracted to the ways of their enemies, the Tehkohn--and to their mysterious leader"--From publisher description
Fledgling by Octavia E Butler( Recording )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fledgling, the late Octavia E. Butler's final 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
Xenogenesis by Octavia E Butler( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of Earth's final war, Lilith awakens to see a shadowy figure -- Jdahya, one of the Oankali, a race that has decided to save the human race from itself. Lilith learns that the Oankali are gene traders who interbreed with failing species so that both races can survive. Jdahya proposes that Lilith mate with a third sex in their culture, creating human-alien hybrids who do not have humanity's weaknesses. As her new world beckons, Lilith must decide if survival is worth the price
Seed to harvest : Wild seed ; Clay's ark ; Mind of my mind ; Patternmaster by Octavia E Butler( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mind of my mind: A young ghetto telepath launches a psychic struggle against the four-thousand-year-old immortal who has been her father, lover, master, and creator to free her fellow telepaths
Conversations with Octavia Butler by Octavia E Butler( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Octavia Butler (1947-2006) spent the majority of her prolific career as the only major black female author of science fiction. Winner of both the Nebula and Hugo Awards as well as a MacArthur "genius" grant, the first for a science fiction writer, Butler created worlds that challenged notions of race, sex, gender, and humanity. Whether in the postapocalyptic future of the Parable stories, in the human inability to assimilate change and difference in the Xenogenesis books, or in the destructive sense of superiority in the Patternist series, Butler held up a mirror, reflecting what is beautiful, corrupt, worthwhile, and damning about the world we inhabit. In interviews ranging from 1980 until just before her sudden death in 2006, Conversations with Octavia Butler reveals a writer very much aware of herself as the "rare bird" of science fiction even as she shows frustration with the constant question, "How does it feel to be the only one?" Whether discussing humanity's biological imperatives or the difference between science fiction and fantasy or the plight of the working poor in America, Butler emerges in these interviews as funny, intelligent, complicated, and intensely original." -- Publisher's description
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Alternative Names
Butler, Ocatvia

Butler, Octavia

Butler, Octavia 1947-2006

Butler, Octavia E. 1947- (Octavia Estelle)

Butler, Octavia E., (Octavia Estelle), 1947-

Butler, Octavia Estelle

Butler, Octavia Estelle 1947-2006

Octavia Butler amerikansk författare

Octavia Butler autrice di fantascienza statunitense

Octavia Butler yhdysvaltalainen tieteiskirjailija

Octavia E. Butler Amerikaans schrijfster

Octavia E. Butler Amerikaans schrijver

Octavia E. Butler amerikansk skribent

Octavia E. Butler auteur de romans de science fiction

Octavia E. Butler Escritora de ciencia ficción estadounidense

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Oktavija Batler

Октавия Батлер

Октавија Батлер

Октавія Батлер

אוקטביה א. באטלר

اکتاویا باتلر نویسنده آمریکایی

버틀러, 옥타비아 1947-2006

버틀러, 옥타비아 E. 1947-2006

옥타비아 버틀러


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奥克塔维娅·E·巴特勒 octavia e butler

Parable of the sowerParable of the talents : a novelFledgling : novelBloodchild and other storiesWild seedDawn : xenogenesisClay's arkAdulthood rites : xenogenesis