Honoring Black History Month: Octavia E. Butler

“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.”Octavia-E-Butler-011

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

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