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Maria Nunez posts on 1/1/2012 Maria Nunez has just written a review of Wild Seed which you can see here
Sensai posts on 6/20/2007 11:16:36 AM Ah yes young grasshopper you must out the sock in your mouth to feel the fledgling of the old man Octavious.
Llariam posts on 6/19/2007 7:38:03 PM I met Octavia at a readercon near Boston a few years ago. She was the guest of honor, and I traveled there to finally meet the person whose books I loved for a long time. And yes, she had a powerful presence and a wonderful voice. Survivor was the first of her books that I read, unfortunately only in a translated version. I am grateful for the worlds and insights she gave us in her books, and the words she provided for things I was unable to express. “Fledgeling” is sitting unread on a shelf for months now. I can't bring myself to reading it. Doing this would be so final, nothing new would follow.



Marianne Hart posts on 3/7/2006 6:29:07 PM I, like another of the people who have posted messages, met Octavia Butler at the Los Angles Public Library before the fire. She was looking for a particular piece of music and told me she was a writer-but about one fourth of the patrons told me that so by the time I found out who she was ,it was too late for me to be intimidated. She had a powerful presence and voice, but she was also shy-an extraordinary person who also could be "just like me".I didn't read many of her works, but I loved the person who wrote them The last time I saw Octavia was in 1998 at a bus stop in Pasadena. it was a very hot day and she was heading to buy an electric fan. I did not sit next to her on the bus. I was still in awe. I often felt that Octavia was sent to us from the future to teach us how to live. Wherever she is,I wish her good and I wish her well. Sincerely, Marianne Hart
sandmadd posts on 3/7/2006 2:19:17 PM Octavia wrote that, to research details in her books, she often visited the Los Angeles Central Library. That's where I, as a staff member, met her. She always commanded attention with her majestic voice and equally majestic, but humble, presence.You just knew she was an "old soul". And, a great advocate for books. When the library burned down in 1986, Octavia was on the front line saving books. After the library was rebuilt, I met her again at the circulation desk although we only exchanged a smile at that busy time. The co-worker next to me checked out her books and remarked on her gracious manner, "That's a nice lady". To which I asked, flabbergasted, "Do you know who she is?" Of course, he was embarrassed to know Octavia Butler was more than just a "nice lady". She probably enjoyed the anonymity of being "just another library patron". One other thing I shared with Octavia Butler was being a nondriver in the city where nobody walks. The last place I met Octavia was on a city bus. I don't remember where I was going and I didn't ask her where she was going. I don't remember what we talked about-I was so awestruck. What a down to earth and noble individual she was.
Regina from Atlanta posts on 3/1/2006 12:37:47 PM I just found out moments ago after reading an email from a friend that my favorite author and a writer who changed my view of the entire world (not to mention the world of literature) past away. I am writing this only get my thoughts out to somebody somewhere who understands how important and devestatng this loss is to ALL of us! I just purchased Fledgeling like a week ago and had been savoring the thought of devouring it on my next vacation. I don't know what to say! -- I'm just hurt and shocked, but at the same time so happy that God blessed us with her unique, insightful, and creative spirit -- if only for a short time. I for one am going to miss her dearly. --Goodnight and safe travels Octavia, when you awake again I'm sure your journeys will have just begun.
Kelley posts on 2/28/2006 11:17:49 AM Octavia Butler's death on Saturday is a loss for scifi and a loss for the world of literature. I am deeply saddened.
Stickybeak posts on 2/27/2006 11:14:27 PM I have just read of her passing and I am so bummed out right now. I love her books so much and was hoping to see at least one of them translated to the silver screen. She wasn't that old either! To die of a freak accident ( a fall) at her age is not unheard of but you usually associate being old and frail with dying from a fall. Vaya con Dios, sister. Thank you for sharing your incredible talents with the rest of us. I for one will really miss your stories and shivery insights into the human condition.
Elise posts on 1/21/2006 12:04:04 AM I have always felt so lost in childhood and adulthood. Octavia E. Butler's books help me to find myself. I loose myself in her books. I become each female character and I realize that I am not so different when reading these novels. I have just received the last of her books for my collection. My mom got me hooked years ago. In my recent depression I re-read my books and I realized I had not read them all. I need more. Please don't stop writing. Any chance of more Doro? :)
Tammy posts on 10/9/2005 7:50:19 PM I have just finished reading Ms. Butler's WILD SEED and PARABLE OF THE SOWER (during Summer). Her writing style is compelling and her stories are woven with great expertise. Information is very sparse concerning Ms. Butler. Does anyone have any information concerning this author?
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