Octavia Estelle Butler (1947-2006) received popularity as an African-American science fiction writer. She won the Hugo and Nebula awards during several occasions. Also, she received the MacArthur Fellowship in 1995. Born in Pasadena, California, she lived with her mother after her father’s death. Butler developed an interest in fantasy books as a young child and started with writing. She joined the Black Power movement during her college years and also took part in the local writer’s workshop.
She became motivated to attend the Clarion Workshop as well. Butler joined John Muir High School and completed her school career in 1965. She attended night school at Pasadena City College and won a short-story contest as a writer. In 1968 she graduated from PCC with a specialisation in history. She published several series books, for example, Patternist (1976-2007), Parable (1993-1998) and Xenogenesis (1987-2000). She also wrote standalone novels, for example, Fledgling (2005) and Kindred (1979).
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