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Octavia Butler

I'm sad that Octavia Butler died. Jed's journal has a bunch of links to obits.. I had no idea she was even ill, though I was aware that I hadn't seen anything from her in a while. Having a child who has almost died several times, I know that life is precious however long it is. I feel glad I got to read the books she wrote. I've always admired her courage. I wish we could read more of her books. I didn't realise until now that I was also hoping I would meet her someday when I grew up as a writer. She has had a huge influence on me, mostly as a person. I read her at a time in college when I was searching for my sexual and racial identity. She presented characters in bizarre situations that seemed utterly real to me and helped me understand things I never thought I could. If that's not stellar writing, I don't know what is. I count her as one of the best writers in any genre. It's funny I didn't even know she won a MacArthur until today, apparently the only SF writer ever to win one, but I'm not surprised.

Well, I'll pay tribute to her in the best and only way I can apart from this LJ entry, which is to reread her books. I hope you're watching over us and continue to inspire us.

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frumiousb
Feb. 28th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
I haven't read nearly as much of her work as I would like. Where would you recommend that I begin?
waterowl
Mar. 1st, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
I think for you, I'd recommend Kindred since you like history. It tells the story of a modern black woman who's transported back in time to an 1815 plantation. It really helped my understanding of racism against blacks in a way that few other books have.
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