Octavia Butler dies


Sad stuff.

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.

A friend and colleague, Leslie Howle, noted that Bulter’s work explored issues like race, poverty, politics, and religion. “She stands alone for what she did,” Howle said.
One of Butler’s many awards was from the MacArthur Foundation (the “genius” award); she was the first science fiction writer to be granted the honor.

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3 Comments

  1. RowanCrisp
    Posted February 27, 2006 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Want to know how much this woman impacted my life?
    I am weeping as I type this.
    Her writings are brilliant. If anyone hasn’t read her books, they need to.
    RIP, Octavia.

  2. Posted February 27, 2006 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    This is so sad. She was my favorite writer of all time.

  3. Not true
    Posted March 1, 2006 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    So very, very sad … what a waste of life and an absolute tragedy. Even though not familiar with many US authors … I too, weep as I write.

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