Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher:
ISBN: 1609807219
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Genre: Fiction

A collector's edition box-set of two of Octavia E. Butler's most visionary science-fiction novels. Parable of the Sower is the Butlerian odyssey of one woman in 2015, Lauren Olamina, who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized. Its sequel, Parable of the Talents, follows Lauren's daughter, living in a war-torn continent with a far-right religious crusader in the office of the U.S. presidency. Together these books present a dystopian landscape about a society whose very fabric has been torn asunder.

Bloodchild

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781453263662
Release Date: 2012-07-24
Genre: Fiction

Six extraordinary stories from the author of Kindred, a master of modern science fiction—including a Hugo and Nebula award–winning novella. Octavia E. Butler’s classic “Bloodchild,” winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, anchors this collection of incomparable stories and essays. “Bloodchild” is set on a distant planet where human children spend their lives preparing to become hosts for the offspring of the alien Tlic. Sometimes the procedure is harmless, but often it is not. Also included is the Hugo Award–winning “Speech Sounds,” about a near future in which humans must adapt after an apocalyptic event robs them of their ability to speak. “The Evening and the Morning and the Night,” another esteemed title in this collection, is a Nebula Award finalist. In these pages, Butler shows us life on Earth and amongst the stars, telling her tales with characteristic imagination and clarity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

Fledgling

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 1583228047
Release Date: 2011-01-04
Genre: Fiction

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s last 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Bloodchild

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781472218742
Release Date: 2014-03-13
Genre: Fiction

Years ago a group known as the Terrans left Earth in search of a life free of persecution. Now they live alongside the Tlic, an alien race who face extinction; their only chance of survival is to plant their larvae inside the bodies of the humans. When Gan, a young, boy, is chosen as a carrier of Tlic eggs, he faces an impossible dilemma: can he really help the species he has grown up with, even if it means sacrificing his own life? Bloodchild is Octavia E. Butler’s shattering meditation on symbiosis, love, power and tough choices. It won the Hugo, Locus, Nebula and Science Fiction Chronicle awards and is widely regarded as one of her greatest works.

Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories

Author: Terry Bisson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312890354
Release Date: 1994-11-15
Genre: Fiction

Stories deal with all the great living writers migrating to one town, the British Isles drifting towards the United States, two disruptive visitors from the future, and a helpful banking machine

Bloodchild

Author: Andrew Neiderman
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN: 0425120449
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Fiction

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Unexpected Stories

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781497601376
Release Date: 2014-06-24
Genre: Fiction

An NPR Books Great Read: Two never-before-published stories from the archives of one of science fiction’s all-time masters. The novella “A Necessary Being” showcases Octavia E. Butler’s ability to create alien yet fully believable “others.” Tahneh’s father was a Hao, one of a dwindling race whose leadership abilities render them so valuable that their members are captured and forced to govern. When her father dies, Tahneh steps into his place, both chief and prisoner, and for twenty years has ruled without ever meeting another of her kind. She bears her loneliness privately until the day that a Hao youth is spotted wandering into her territory. As her warriors sharpen their weapons, Tahneh must choose between imprisoning the newcomer—and living the rest of her life alone. The second story in this volume, “Childfinder,” was commissioned by Harlan Ellison for his legendary (and never-published) anthology The Last Dangerous Visions™. A disaffected telepath connects with a young girl in a desperate attempt to help her harness her growing powers. But in the richly evocative fiction of Octavia E. Butler, mentorship is a rocky path, and every lesson comes at a price. The award-winning author of science fiction classics Parable of the Sower and Kindred bestows these compelling, long lost gems “like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you’ve read a dozen times has an extra chapter” (Los Angeles Review of Books). Harlan Ellison and Dangerous Visions are registered trademarks of the Kilimanjaro Corporation. All rights reserved.

Conversations with Octavia Butler

Author: Conseula Francis
Publisher:
ISBN: 1604732768
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

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.

Adulthood Rites

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781453263686
Release Date: 2012-07-24
Genre: Fiction

The futures of both mankind and an alien species rest in the hands of one hybrid son in the award-winning science fiction author’s masterful sequel to Dawn. Nuclear war had nearly destroyed mankind when the Oankali came to the rescue, saving humanity—but at a price. The Oankali survive by mixing their DNA with that of other species, and now on Earth they have permitted no child to be born without an Oankali parent. The first true hybrid is a boy named Akin—son of Lilith Iyapo— and to the naked eye he looks human, for now. He is born with extraordinary sensory powers, understanding speech at birth, speaking in sentences at two months old, and soon developing the ability to see at the molecular level. More powerful than any human or Oankali, he will be the architect of both races’ intergalactic future. But before he can carry this new species into the stars, Akin must decide which unlucky souls will stay behind. At once a coming-of-age story, science fiction adventure, and philosophical exploration, Butler’s ambitious and breathtaking novel ultimately raises the question of what it means to be human. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

Kindred

Author: Octavia Butler
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807083703
Release Date: 2004-02-01
Genre: Fiction

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.

Wild Seed

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher:
ISBN: 1439501688
Release Date: 2008-06-26
Genre: Fiction

While attempting to move his people--a group of psychic witches--to the New World, four-thousand-year-old Doro encounters Anyanwu, a woman who refuses to submit to his control

Seed to Harvest

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781472214713
Release Date: 2014-03-27
Genre: Fiction

Includes the novels WILD SEED, MIND OF MY MIND, CLAY'S ARK, PATTERNMASTER The Patternist series, collected here in one edition, chart an epic secret history that's roots lie in the dawn of civilization, and whose tangled branches reach far into our future. It begins when two immortals meet. Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts; Anyanwu can change her very shape, absorbing bullets as easily as she can heal with a kiss. Their relationship, albeit as marked by hate as by love, will change the world. After years of selected breeding, their 'Patternists' are becoming increasing harder to control, and harder to hide from society. They will eventually bring humanity to the brink of extinction and beyond, into a nightmare that Doro and Anyanwu could never have anticipated.

Dark Matter

Author: Sheree R. Thomas
Publisher: Aspect
ISBN: 9780759509641
Release Date: 2004-01-02
Genre: Fiction

Dark Matter is the first and only series to bring together the works of black SF and fantasy writers. The first volume was featured in the "New York Times," which named it a Notable Book of the Year.

Parable of the Talents

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 1888363819
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Fiction

Lauren Olamina's daughter, Larkin, describes the broken and alienated world of 2032, as war racks the North American continent and an ultra-conservative religious crusader becomes president