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Behold Octavia Butler’s Motivational Notes to Self

Handwritten notes on the inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, 1988 I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining. —Octavia E. Butler Like many authors, the late Octavia E. Butler took up writing at a young age. At 11, she was churning out tales about horses and romance. At 12, she saw Devil Girl from Mars, and figured (c...
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Watch this opera adaptation of an Octavia Butler novel on Friday night

In 2017, musician/activist Toshi Reagon began creating an operatic stage adaptation of Octavia Butler's The Parable of the Sower  — the 1993 Afrofuturist sci-fi novel about an America in the year 2020 that's ravaged by climate change and income inequality and greedy politicians who appeal to imaginary racists pasts while also promising to build a wall around the wealthy. Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: A Concert Experience received renowned productions from Boston to New York to Los An...
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Octavia Butler’s sci-fi and speculative fiction moves toward screen adaptations

By HILLEL ITALIE Novelist N.K. Jemisin was a teenager the first time she read Octavia Butler, and nothing had prepared her for it. It was the 1980s, and the book was called “Dawn,” the story of a black woman who awakens 250 years after a nuclear holocaust. “I remember just kind of being stunned that a black woman existed in the future, because science fiction had not done that before,” says Jemisin, whose “The City We Became” is currently a bestseller. “There was just this conspicuous absence wh...
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Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, and efforts to “flatten the curve” through physical distancing intensify, many of us find ourselves quarantined at home. The physical isolation and sudden departure from familiar routines can be jarring and disorienting. Settling in for the possibility of an extended shelter-in-place order, I wrote these six “Daily Quarantine Questions” to help me structure my days—and check in with myself, to make sure I’m doing OK. After I shared them on social media, I heard ...
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Octavia E. Butler's Sci-Fi Novel Dawn May Be Coming to Amazon

Centuries after humanity has been all but destroyed by nuclear holocaust, a woman wakes up on an alien spaceship. She finds out the aliens that saved her want to help bring back the human race.Read more...
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Amina Cain's Playlist for Her Novel "Indelicacy"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Amina Cain's novel Indelicacy is as inventive and assuredly written as any I have ever read. An exemplary contemporary novel from one of our most talented writers. Booklist wrote of...
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Beautiful boxed set of two Octavia Butler novels

Seven Stories press just released this gorgeous boxed set of Octavia E. Butler's Parable novels. It's available today and would make a great gift for any reader. This boxed set pairs the bestselling Nebula-prize nominee, Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, which together tell the near-future odyssey of Lauren Olamina, a "hyper-empathic" young woman who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized. In Sower, set in California in 2024, small walled communities pro...
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Out today: a two-volume, slipcased edition of Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, introduced by Gloria Steinem and Toshi Reagon

As part of the renaissance in interest in the glorious science fiction novels of afrofuturist pioneer Octavia Butler (previously), Seven Stories press has just released a two-volume, slipcased set of Butler's fantastic post-apocalyptic adventure novels The Parable of the Sower (with an introduction by Gloria Steinem) and The Parable of the Talents (with an introduction by Toshi Reagon). The set is $35 (a remarkably low sum of money, considering the quality of the editions). The Parables no...
Tags: Post, Books, Science Fiction, Gift Guide, Kids, News, Parenting, California, Race, Climate, Ya, Gloria Steinem, Afrofuturism, Butler, Heinlein, Toshi Reagon

The Daily Rituals of 143 Famous Female Creators: Octavia Butler, Edith Wharton, Coco Chanel & More

Certain kinds of content have flowered on the internet that we can't seem to get enough of, and if you frequent Open Culture, you may well have a weakness for one kind in particular: the daily schedules of notable creators. When we know and respect someone's work, we can't help but wonder how they spend their finite time on this Earth in such a way that allows them to create that work in the first place. Mason Currey, creator of the blog Daily Rituals, knows this well: not only did all his post...
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Daily Rituals: Women at Work: A New Book Highlights the Routines of Famous Female Creators Like Octavia Butler, Edith Wharton, Coco Chanel & 140 Others

Certain kinds of content have flowered on the internet that we can't seem to get enough of, and if you frequent Open Culture, you may well have a weakness for one kind in particular: the daily schedules of notable creators. When we know and respect someone's work, we can't help but wonder how they spend their finite time on this Earth in such a way that allows them to create that work in the first place. Mason Currey, creator of the blog Daily Rituals, knows this well: not only did all his post...
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A new edition of Octavia Butler's classic postapocalyptic Afrofuturist novel "Parable of the Sower," with an introduction by Hugo winner NK Jemisin

Macarthur "genius prize" recipient Octavia Butler (previously) is one of science fiction's most important figures, an author who wrote cracking, crackling, accessible and fast-moving adventure stories shot through with trenchant and smart allegories about race, gender and power (I like to think of her as "woke Heinlein"). Grand Central has just published a new edition of one of her most important books, Parable of the Sower, the first of a two-volume set that tells the tale of a young Blac...
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Shorties (Deborah Eisenberg's Favorite Books, A Profile of Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck, and more)

Deborah Eisenberg discussed her favorite books at Vulture. Rolling Stone profiled Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck. October's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for $1.99 today: The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker Wild Seed by Octavia Butler eBook on sale for $2.99 today: The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick In the Distance by Hernan Diaz The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick Milk! by Mark Kurlansky A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick Stream a new Court...
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Congrats to this year's MacArthur "geniuses," including the amazing Kelly Link!

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2018 Fellows (AKA the "MacArthur Genius Prize winners"), a list of 25 remarkable people from all disciplines, including the incomparable Kelly Link (previously), who joins other science fiction writers who won the prize, including Octavia Butler and Jonathan Lethem. Congrats, Kelly!
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Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison is dead

Harlan Ellison, the 84-year-old author of some of science fiction’s best-known stories, has died. His death was announced on Twitter by Christine Valada. In addition to short fiction, Ellison also wrote for the movies and TV, most notably penning “The City on the Edge of Forever” — he was vocally unhappy with how his script was rewritten, but the filmed version is still generally considered the finest episode of any Star Trek series. Ellison also made his mark as an editor, thanks to his 1967 an...
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Authors Of Color Are Pulling Fantasy Fiction Away From Norse And Celtic Mythology Models - And Readers Are Following

"While the field was largely dominated by white men in decades past, today diverse writers are bringing new voices to the conversation, imagining futures based on more inclusive readings of the past, and creating multiethnic worlds that can help people understand their own. Certainly, speculative fiction writers since at least Octavia Butler – the first […]
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Humble Bundle Nebula Showcase: great, DRM-free science fiction, benifitting the Science Fiction Writers of America

The latest Humble Bundle features dozens of Nebula-winning and Nebula-nominated novels and short stories from past and present, everyone from Octavia Butler and Ursula K Leguin to Samuel Delany and John Brunner, to say nothing of Kate Wilhelm, Joanna Russ, and four titles from Serial Box. (more…)
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Books, authors and readers: Free events happening at LitFest Pasadena

LitFest Pasadena is returning to the Playhouse District May 19 and 20. The 7th annual free event, which was co-founded by Southern California News Group’s Larry Wilson, will feature author appearances, readings, panels and conversations, literary performances, writing workshops and more inside a selection of venues, as well as at outside locations. Each day’s events will begin at 1 p.m. with writing workshops: “Create Your Own Female Sleuth” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be offered May 19...
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Octavia Butler 101: Two Scholars on the Sci-Fi Genius Who Inspired Janelle Monáe

Two scholars advise on which books to start with and next steps if you love her work
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Women in antiquarian bookselling: interview with Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers

Heather O’Donnell (left) and Rebecca Romney from Honey & Wax To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March and that March is Women’s History Month, we asked Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, New York, about the current situation for women in antiquarian bookselling. Heather and Rebecca are experienced booksellers, who have both worked for Bauman Rare Books in the past.  Heather founded Honey & Wax in 2011 and Rebecca joined the business in 2016. In...
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Shorties (Film Adaptations Disavowed by Their Original Authors, New Music from Laura Veirs, and more)

Literary Hub listed film adaptations disavowed by their original authors. Stream a new Laura Veirs song (that features Sufjan Stevens). February's best eBook deals. Psych duo Mint Fields broke down their album Pasar De Las Luces at Drowned in Sound. The New Yorker on the short fiction of Kate Braverman. Stream a new Clint Michigan song. BuzzFeed shared a short story from Ramona Ausubel's new collection Awayland. Paste listed the best southern rock albums of all time. Fres...
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In celebration of twentieth century African American literature

Since the first poems published by former slaves Phyllis Wheatley and Jupiter Hammon around the time of the American Revolution, African American literature has played a vital role in the history and culture of the United States. The slave narratives of figures such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Wilson became a driving force for abolitionism before the Civil War, and the tumultuous end of Reconstruction brought about the exploration of new genres and themes during the height of the Jim Crow ...
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The World Of Afro-Futurism Goes Way Beyond 'Black Panther' - Here's A Primer

The term comes from a 1994 essay, and it applies to everything from the fiction of Octavia Butler and Nnedi Okorafor to the music of Janelle Monáe and the recent Jay-Z video "Family Feud" (directed by Ava DuVernay). Basically: Afro-futurism "refers to an aesthetic that infuses science fiction and fantasy with cultures of the African […]
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Why I Love the Sirens Conference – A Post by Nicole Brinkley

Welcome to Smugglivus 2017! Throughout this month, we will have guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2017, looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2018, and more. Next on Smugglivus: Nicole Brinkley, bookseller and blogger, guest contributor to The Book Smugglers. Her post is a lovely recap of this year’s Sirens Conference. On the top of a mountain outside Denver, Colorado, a room full of women and non-binary readers sat around tables in t...
Tags: Books, SFF, Katie, Denver Colorado, Octavia Butler, Smugglivus, Victoria Schwab, Katherine Locke, NICOLE BRINKLEY, Robyn Bennis, Zoraida Córdova, K Jemisin, Smugglivus 2017, Jacqueline Koyanagi, BR Sanders, Amy Boggs

Bargain & Daily Book Deals 12/11/17

Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, Save Big on favorite STEM toys, robots, and more, select Nixplay digital frames and select Logitech PC accessories, get up to 40% Off on Panasonic Phones, 30% Off on ZOOM H1 Handy Recorder, 30% Off on Jabra Speak 510 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, 25% Off on HTC VIVE bundle, save 35% or more on exclusive Spyder outerwear and get 30% Off on Parrot Bebop 2 Drone with Accessories. The audiobook edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, read by Patrick Fra...
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Ava DuVernay Is Adapting This Octavia Butler Novel For TV

Ava DuVernay has another amazing project in the works. Deadline reports that the director, whose most recent creation is an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, has picked up the novel Dawn by Octavia Butler to be turned into a TV show. DuVernay, along with Charles King's Macro and writer Victoria Mahoney, are bringing the 1987 science fiction novel to the small screen — the first time in Butler's career that her work has made it to TV.Most notably, the novel (and upcoming TV se...
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Cory Doctorow: “There is violent revolution, but there is walking away”

Coeditor of BoingBoing and the author of several books, Cory Doctorow has developed a reputation for big thinking that often goes against common assumptions. But, as he says below, "I’m a pulp science fiction writer." And the ideas and action in Walkaway are nonstop. Walkaway envisions a future in which the very rich have clear control over the world and the only way to break free from their paranoid grip is to go walkaway. Or is it? Read on for our interview with Cory Doctorow:   Amazon Book R...
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Octavia Butler: Writing Herself Into The Story

An exhibit at the Huntington Library shows visitors how famed science fiction writer Octavia Butler created a career for herself in a genre that had few women and even fewer African Americans.(Image credit: (c) Patti Perret/The Hutington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens)
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What was CCRU?

From before the beginning (which was also, according to them, already the end), the adepts of the Architectonic Order of the Eschaton have worked tirelessly to secure the past, present, and future against the incursions of Neolemurian time-sorcery, eliminating all polytemporal activity, stitching up the future, sealing every breach and covering every track. According to the AOE, the Ccru ‘does not, has not, and will never exist’. And yet... The texts collected here document the Ccru’...
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On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: There is going to be a...
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Watch: Black Women Dive Headfirst Into the Future With Virtual Reality Project

NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism is an art installation and virtual reality experience recently featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. The project, which seeks to put women of color in the virtual reality space, was created by Hyphen-Labs, a collective of women from diverse backgrounds.Read more...
Tags: Science Fiction, Science, Stem, Feminism, Virtual Reality, Black Women, Tribeca Film Festival, Octavia Butler, The Root TV, Womanism, Nsaf, Neurospeculative Afrofeminism