Brilliant writer Octavia Butler, dead at age 58
Horrible, horrible news. I just read that my favorite writer has died: ("Octavia Butler, brilliant master of sci-fi, dies at 58")
For more than 30 years, Seattle science-fiction novelist Octavia Butler dreamed up fantastic worlds and religions, made-up creatures and futuristic plots. Then, in her stylistic prose, she used them to tackle the social issues she was most passionate about.There's more... will post more later. This is so sad.
"Parable of the Talents," a futuristic story about a utopian community ravaged by civil war, explored modern-day issues of intolerance, the growing gap between rich and poor, and environmentalism. In her first novel, "Kindred," she plunged into racial issues when a modern-day character was transported into the body of a pre-Civil War slave.
"What [Ms. Butler] was writing for the first time was a kind of woman's-eye view, a very smart woman's-eye view, of say, 'Brave New World' or '1984,' " said writer Harlan Ellison, Ms. Butler's friend and mentor.
Ms. Butler died Friday at Northwest Hospital after a fall at her home in Lake Forest Park. She was 58...