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Adulthood Rites
Akin is a hybrid infant, part Oankali. He looka human, but can remember the womb, taste molecular structure and has poison with a touch. The resister humans hate the Oankali, but are dying out because they're sterile. They kidnap hybrid babies. Akin is thrust into their world of desperation, need, violence and pride. He can survive only by becoming LESS alien. He can help his new friends only by becoming MORE alien. Humanity's future depends on the...
Dawn
Dawn is the story of the aftermath of World War III, where only a few human beings have survived, who are then plucked from the planet Earth by a race of alien beings. Dawn by author Octavia Butler represents the aftermath of World War III, across a period of over three hundred years, and is a powerful, moving and exceptionally well written dystopian novel. Dawn, the first of the trilogy, opens on the onset of World War III and thermonuclear war, acro...
Fledgling
This is the story of a black, human-vampire hybrid named Shori who struggles against discrimination based on her differences from white, pure vampires. Shori wakes up in the woods in Washington with no memory of who or what she is, and seeks food and answers. She encounters Wright, who calls her a vampire after she feeds on his blood. Her feeding allows her to control Wright, and he helps her discover her past and identity. However, Wright is not ab...
Imago
Octavia Butler's Imago, is the final book of the trilogy, which began with Dawn and was followed by Adulthood rites. In this the third and final book, the trilogy comes to a wonderfully informative and powerful conclusion. In Dawn the world was destroyed via a thermonuclear war, World War III, where all that remained on a deathly toxic planet were the remnants of humanity, who were destined for a short, brutal life and extinction. Saved from their fat...

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Kindred
This is the story of Dana Franklin, a black woman in 1976 suburban Los Angeles who is suddenly chronoported to an 1815 slave-holding plantation in Maryland. She has been called to save the son of the plantation master, her great-great-grandfather, Rufus Weylin. Somehow Rufus has the ability to summon Dana when he's in trouble and only a threat to her life can return her to the present. Over and over, at increasing risk, Dana is brought to the antebellum ...
Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Sower is about a dystopian U.S. in the mid to late 21 century, where society breaks down economically, politically and socially. The citizens are left to fend for themselves in what is now a brutal country with a smattering of civilized enclaves. It is, further about our protagonist, Lauren Olamina and her desire to leave the Earth behind for a better world. The story starts from the pages of a diary. It is Lauren Olamina's diary. We disco...
Parable of the Talents
The horrific acts that take place in the novel parallel the things that occur in our society daily. The only difference is that we have not yet reached the extremes that exist in Ms. Bulter's novel. However, the path that our law and policy makers are taking can lead directly to a world as terrifying as the one where Earthseed is "invented". What a frightening thought......
Wild Seed
In 17th Century Africa, a being who can live forever by transferring his mind from one body to the next travels around the continent checking the "seed villages" it has set up over the years to breed other creatures like itself, possessed of "witch" powers beyond those of normal humans. In one of them it discovers a woman named Anyanwu, who is a shapeshifter and immortal just like him, but is a "wild seed" not related to him or his offspring. Anya...