February 27th, 2006


The passing of a great woman

Octavia Butler, brilliant master of sci-fi dies at age 58

As you may or may not know, my LJ handle comes from Octavia Butler's Parable series (protagonist was Lauren Olamina), and she was the first person to show me that black women could be awesome sci-fi nerds. Through her I discovered Nalo Hopkinson, Samuel Delany, Devorah Major, the afrofuturism community, and many other wonderful black nerd things. She brought a lot to the canon and was a delightful human being. I'm glad to have met her and seen her speak. Today is a sad day.

Octavia Butler wiki
Nalo Hopkinson
Samuel Delany (one of my top 5 favorite writers/ and probably most favorite critical theorists)