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Butler, Octavia E.

Works: 237 works in 895 publications in 14 languages and 33,573 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Psychological fiction  Political fiction  Time-travel fiction  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels  Science fiction comics  Graphic novel adaptations  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PS3552.U827, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Octavia E Butler
Kindred by Octavia E Butler( Book )

74 editions published between 1979 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 4,316 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 across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun
Parable of the sower by Octavia E Butler( Book )

52 editions published between 1993 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 2,924 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 )

52 editions published between 1998 and 2019 in English and held by 2,216 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."--Amazon
Fledgling : novel by Octavia E Butler( Book )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,856 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 )

25 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and Korean and held by 1,645 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
Dawn : xenogenesis by Octavia E Butler( Book )

38 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,513 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
Wild seed by Octavia E Butler( Book )

53 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doro is an immortal, body-stealing spirit who seeks and breeds outcasts with special abilities. He meets Anyanwu, an immortal, shape-shifting, healer woman who has the abilities he breeds for. She submits to him but refuses to be controlled by him
Clay's ark by Octavia E Butler( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a frightening near future, an alien disease is poised to become a devastating global epidemic & mdash;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 & rsquo;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 & rsquo;s estate
Adulthood rites : xenogenesis by Octavia E Butler( Book )

39 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

37 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,111 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
Kindred by Octavia E Butler( )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and held by 909 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
Mind of my mind by Octavia E Butler( Book )

24 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in English and French and held by 857 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 )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 854 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 )

19 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 799 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 595 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
Kindred : a graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Octavia E. Butler's bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format. More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler's mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. Butler's most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells 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. Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, there are over 500,000 copies of Kindred in print. The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere. Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers
Across the wounded galaxies : interviews with contemporary American science fiction writers by Larry McCaffery( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fledgling by Octavia E Butler( Recording )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fledgling, the late Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, fifty-three-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
Survivor by Octavia E Butler( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and French and held by 361 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
Xenogenesis by Octavia E Butler( Book )

21 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and German and held by 325 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
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Parable of the sowerParable of the talents : a novelFledgling : novelBloodchild and other storiesDawn : xenogenesisWild seedClay's arkAdulthood rites : xenogenesis
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

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Octavia E. Butler Amerikaans schrijfster

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Octavia E. Butler auteur de romans de science fiction

Octavia E. Butler Escriptora de ciència-ficció estatunidenca al "Science Fiction Hall of Fame" (2010)

Octavia E. Butler Escritora afro-americana de ficção científica.

Octavia E. Butler escritora afroamericana de ciencia ficción

Octavia E. Butler Escritora de ciencia ficción estadounidense

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Октавия Батлер

Октавија Батлер

Октавія Батлер

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اکتاویا باتلر نویسنده آمریکایی

버틀러, 옥타비아 1947-2006

버틀러, 옥타비아 E. 1947-2006

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