“Unexpected Stories” by Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She uses the platform of speculative fiction to deeply explore themes of race and gender, dominance and submission, and the use and abuse of power.  She sheds light on the dark side of human nature and shows how exploitation can become entrenched within a people’sRead more

“Mind of My Mind” by Octavia Butler

“Mind of My Mind” is the second book in Octavia Butler’s Patternist series (chronologically, at any rate).  It works as a standalone, so don’t sweat it if you pick this one up first. In Wild Seed, we were introduced to Doro, a mutant immortal who survives by jumping from body to body.  He was bornRead more

“Wild Seed” by Octavia Butler

I received a review copy of Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed” from the publishers via Netgalley.  The book was originally written in 1980, and is being re-released as an e-book by Open Road Integrated Media. Before I get into my review in which I gush about how awesome Octavia Butler is, I’d like to share thisRead more

SF Signal Mind Meld

Today I’m over at SF Signal as a part of the Mind Meld “You Know We’re All About That Backlist,” where I talk about how to dive into Octavia Butler’s books.  Be sure to swing by and discover some of the panelists’ favorite backlist titles! http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/01/mind-meld-all-about-that-backlist/

The 2015 Science Fiction Experience & Vintage Sci-fi Month

“I write about people who do extraordinary things.  It just turned out that it was called science fiction.” -Octavia Butler Science fiction is one of my favorite book genres because it stretches the frontiers of the imagination while being grounded in and influenced by the problems of our own society.  I didn’t read much scienceRead more

2014 PoC Speculative Fiction Challenge

2014 PoC Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge

Alright guys, one last reading challenge for 2014.  Hosted by Dusky Literati, the 2014 PoC Speculative Fiction Challenge focuses on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror written by or about persons of color.  Here are the details and levels of the challenge: Details of the Challenge: This reading challenge runs from 1 January 2014 to 31 DecemberRead more