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.
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