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Wild Seed (#1 Patternists)

Octavia E. Butler

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Grand Central Publishing
17 March 2020
Science fiction; Cultural & Period Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Biotechnology / Genetic Engineering; Science Fiction
Series: Patternists
In an epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant story of love and hate, two immortals chase each other across continents and centuries, binding their fates together -- and changing the destiny of the human race (Viola Davis).

Doro knows no higher authority than himself. An ancient spirit with boundless powers, he possesses humans, killing without remorse as he jumps from body to body to sustain his own life. With a lonely eternity ahead of him, Doro breeds supernaturally gifted humans into empires that obey his every desire. He fears no one -- until he meets Anyanwu.

Anyanwu is an entity like Doro and yet different. She can heal with a bite and transform her own body, mending injuries and reversing aging. She uses her powers to cure her neighbors and birth entire tribes, surrounding herself with kindred who both fear and respect her. No one poses a true threat to Anyanwu -- until she meets Doro. The moment Doro meets Anyanwu, he covets her; and from the villages of 17th-century Nigeria to 19th-century United States, their courtship becomes a power struggle that echoes through generations, irrevocably changing what it means to be human.
By:   Octavia E. Butler
Imprint:   Grand Central Publishing
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   249g
ISBN:   9781538751480
ISBN 10:   1538751488
Series:   Patternists
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   17 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER was a renowned African-American writer who received a MacArthur Genius Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. She was the author of several award-winning novels including Parable of the Talents, which won the Nebula for Best Novel. Acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in stories that range from the distant past to the far future, sales of her books have increased enormously since her death as the issues she addressed in her Afrofuturistic, feminist novels and short fiction have only become more relevant. She passed away on February 24, 2006.

Reviews for Wild Seed (#1 Patternists)

Haunting . . . apocalyptic . . . compelling. --Essence Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction-period . . . A master storyteller with a voice that cradles and captivates, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty and ignorance, and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature. --Washington Post Book World In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time, Octavia Butler's 'Parable' books may be unmatched. --New Yorker (on Parable of the Sower) More than any novel I've ever read, Octavia Butler's Wild Seed examines power, what it means to wield it responsibly and what it means to resist it when it is wielded capriciously. --Rion Amilcar Scott, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize-winning author of Insurrections An internationally acclaimed science fiction writer whose evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human. --New York Times Wild Seed is a book that shifted my life . . . It is as epic, as game-changing, as moving and brilliant as any science fiction novel ever written. --Viola Davis Brilliant, endlessly rich...pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale. --John Green, New York Times (on Parable of the Sower) PRAISE FOR OCTAVIA E. BUTLER'S NOVELS


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