“I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.”
The late Octavia E. Butler was one of the first African American women to be recognized in the traditionally male-dominated area of fantasy / science fiction literature. Her novel “Kindred” is a beautifully written, evocative novel about a contemporary Black woman who inexplicably finds herself transported to the Antebellum south. Her Wildseed series incorporates history and questions gender roles. She was acknowledged with a MacArthur award, and died prematurely, a great loss. Even if you think you don’t like fantasy/ sci fi, treat yourself to Kindred.
– Shelley, MFT Intern