Octavia Butler dies at 58
African American science fiction writer Octavia Butler died this past week
. If you haven't read anything of hers, by all means go
, and do so
. This is a great loss to those of us who loved what she did because she was a great writer who thought creatively about race, gender, and class.
Octavia E. Butler, considered the first black woman to gain national prominence as a science fiction writer, died after falling and striking her head on the cobbled walkway outside her home, a close friend said. She was 58. [...]
Her first novel, "Kindred," came out in 1979. It concerned a black woman who travels back in time to the South to save a white man. She went on to write about a dozen books, plus numerous essays and short stories. Her most recent work, "Fledgling," a reinterpretation of the "Dracula" legend, was published last fall. [...]
"Mostly she just loved sitting down and writing," [her friend Greg Bear] said. "For being a black female growing up in Los Angeles in the '60s, she was attracted to science fiction for the same reasons I was: It liberated her. She had a far-ranging imagination, and she was a treasure in our community."
Someone on Bookcrossing pointed me to a story of hers online; I haven't read it yet, but you can read here