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Author of the Month: Octavia E. Butler

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Our Author of the Month for February is the American Science Fiction writer Octavia E. Butler.

In her many sometimes interlocking works Butler asks questions about race, gender and, pre-eminently, hierarchy in startling ways, and to offer equally startling versions of possible futures, often dystopian, that are uncannily like the present. This is extraordinary writing, written against the grain of gender and race prejudice and against the grain of Butler’s own persistent writer’s block.

Start with her masterpiece Kindred. We’re next to certain you won’t stop there.

From the publisher:
Octavia E. Butler's ground-breaking masterpiece, with an original foreword by Ayobami Adebayo.'The marker you should judge all other time-travelling narratives by' GUARDIAN'[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching…

From the publisher:
The extraordinary, prescient NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling novel.'If there is one thing scarier than a dystopian novel about the future, it's one written in the past that has already begun to come true. This is what makes Parable of the Sower…

From the publisher:
The stunning sequel to Parable of the Sower, the NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling novel.'In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time... for sheer peculiar prescience, Butler's novel may be unmatched' NEW…

From the publisher:
A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes "Bloodchild," winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing…

From the publisher:
'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS on Wild Seed'Butler's evocative, often troubling novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human' NEW…

From the publisher:
'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS on Wild Seed'A literary pioneer' VANITY FAIR on Octavia E. ButlerA PATTERNIST NOVEL: BOOK TWOThe baby's name is Mary, and her father is immortal.For…

From the publisher:
'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS on Wild Seed'In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time... for sheer peculiar prescience, Butler's novel may be…

From the publisher:
'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS'Will rewire the mind of whoever reads it... you don't emerge from the journey unaffected' NNEDI OKORAFOR A PATTERNIST NOVEL: BOOK ONEIt begins when two…

From the publisher:
“A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature.” — The Washington PostThis is the story of an apparently…

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