Octavia Butler, science fiction author

Octavia E. ButlerOctavia E. Butler  Author(1947–2006)

Octavia E. Butler was born on June 22, 1947, in Pasadena, California. She studied at several universities and began her writing career in the 1970s. Her books blended elements of science fiction and African American spiritualism. Her first novel, Patternmaster (1976), would ultimately become one of the installments in the four-volume Patternist series. Butler went on to write several other novels, including Kindred (1979) as well as Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents(1998), of the Parable series. In the mid-1980s, Butler began to receive critical recognition for her work. She won the 1984 Best Short Story Hugo Award for “Speech Sounds.” That same year, the novelette “Bloodchild” won a Nebula Award and later a Hugo as well.   In 1995, Butler received a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation. She continued to write and publish until her death on February 24, 2006, in Seattle, Washington. Read more here.