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Octavia’s Brood

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, a recently published anthology that 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow Adrienne Maree Brown co-edited with Walidah Imarisha. Octavia Butler (1947-2006) crafted intense, transcendent fables which have as much to do with the future as with present and past. One of her best-known books, Kindred, tells of an African-American woman unexpectedly transported in time from California in 1976 to a plantation in the antebellum South. Entranced with sci-fi from an early age, Butler decided at 13 that she was going to make a living as a writer, despite her Aunt’s telling her, “Negroes can’t be writers.” Her work was imaginative writing, but firmly grounded in the world in which we live, and in the bodies and minds we inhabit, not only physically, but morally and spiritually. This book expands on her work and legacy.

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