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Conversations with Octavia Butler

Author: Octavia E Butler; Conseula Francis
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2010.
Series: Literary conversations series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Octavia E Butler; Octavia E Butler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Octavia E Butler; Conseula Francis
ISBN: 9781604732757 160473275X 9781604732764 1604732768
OCLC Number: 320196636
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 232 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Sci-fi visions : an interview with Octavia Butler / Rosalie G. Harrison --
An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Larry McCaffery and Jim McMenamin --
An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Randall Kenan --
PW interviews : Octavia E. Butler / Lisa See --
Sci-fi tales from Octavia E. Butler / H. Jerome Jackson --
Interview with Octavia Butler / Jelani Cobb --
"We keep playing the same record" : a conversation with Octavia Butler / Stephen W. Potts --
An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Charles Rowell --
"Radio imagination" : Octavia Butler on the poetics of narrative embodiment / Marilyn Mehaffy and AnaLouise Keating --
Congratulations! You've just won $295,000 : an interview with Octavia Butler / Joan Fry --
Octavia Butler / Mike McGonigal --
Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delany / MIT Cultural Studies Project --
Nebula Award nominee Octavia Butler is expanding the universe of science-fiction readers / Jane Burkitt --
Octavia Butler / Juan Williams --
Octavia E. Butler : persistence / Charles Brown --
Essay on racism / Scott Simon --
Big thinker / Susan Stamberg --
The lit interview : Octavia Butler / Daniel Burton-Rose --
A conversation with Octavia Butler / Nick DiChario --
Interview : Octavia E. Butler / John C. Snider --
Octavia Butler's kindred turns twenty-five / Allison Keyes --
Science fiction writer Octavia Butler on race, global warming, and religion / Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman --
Interviewing the oracle : Octavia Butler / Kazembe Balagun.
Series Title: Literary conversations series.
Responsibility: edited by Conseula Francis.

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"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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