Octavia E. Butler – African American History Month 2017 #BlackHistoryMonth
Octavia Butler is one of the most highly acclaimed Science Fiction writers of the last 100 years. She published 12 novels over the course of her career, as well as a collection of short stories. Her hard work and success, especially in a genre mostly populated by white male writers, is an inspiration to all. Today Adafruit celebrates her legacy.
In 1995 Ms. Butler was awarded a MacArthur fellowship, the first science fiction writer to be so honored. She received two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Society and two Nebula Awards from the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Throughout Ms. Butler’s career, the news media made much of the fact that she was an African-American woman writing science fiction, traditionally a white male bastion. But in interviews and in her work itself she left no doubt that her background equipped her spectacularly well to portray life in hostile dystopias where the odds of survival can be almost insurmountable.
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