Octavia Butler Message Board
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?
Zola Crowell posts on 8/16/2005 5:04:45 PM
I am the ggg granddaughter of Jesse and Rebekah Butler. I have a photo of their daughter, Charity Butler(my gg grandmother. My manuscript has been accepted by The Library of Congress. Should anyone have direct contact with Ms Octavia Butler, please share this information. I can be reached at 716-884-6270. Thank you.
Mike posts on 8/3/2005 11:05:53 PM
what a concept of the future through reality and science fiction does this awesome writer convey.Ms. Butler takes sci-fi to a level where you start thinking, "hey, that's not so far fetched." And then on different levels she makes you feel, "Oh my gosh that could never happen," but deep down you beleive it could. She explores the human spirit, mankind's integrity, and all human races weaknes's and conjoines into a piece of work that sticks in your mind for the rest of your literary life.Please Ms. Butler tell us when we can expect your next book.
Em posts on 6/3/2005 11:29:39 PM
Parable of the Sower – I love Octavia Butler's work in general (I am still searching for a copy of "Survivor") but this book in particular has special meaning. It is as if Ms. Butler has provided a window into America's immediate future.
Considering our current presidential administration, the fanatical movement towards evangelical ideologies, poverty and general despair currently prevalent in American society I think it is reasonable to expect that the societal conditions described in the "Parable of the Sower" might be inevitable.
I thank Octavia Butler for providing a "heads up"!
And I'm grateful for the "Parable of the Talents" for providing a view of hope for the future!
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