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And Other Stories
by Octavia E. Butler
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Category: SciFi - Fantasy - Horror
Code: 278 |  ISBN: 1583226982 |  214 pp. |  Publication Date: 1996
Publisher: Seven Stories Press (Independent Publisher)
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
Octavia E. Butler once gleefully described her eerie novella, "Bloodchild," the title piece of Bloodchild and Other Stories, as her "pregnant man story." Hugo and Nebula Award-winning "Bloodchild" explores the paradoxes of power and inequality, starkly portraying a class of people who, like women throughout most of history, are valued chiefly for their reproductive capacities. "Speech Sounds," which also won the Hugo Award, and "Crossover" describe women continuing to endure after their lives have become unbearable. "The Evening and the Morning and the Night" wrestles with the double-edged sword of illness and talent. "Near of Kin," Butler's only non-science fiction story, describes a young woman coming to terms with the death of the mother who had abandoned her.

Like all of Butler's best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature's strongest voices.

Indigo's Comments
Interested in Octavia Butler but not sure whether to start with her historical fiction (Kindred), space fiction (Imago), or dystopian fiction (Parable of the Talents)? Then start here for several different takes on her vision of the world. ?geoff


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