Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Octavia E. Butler

Along with the numerous non-fiction books I usually have on the go, I still like to take time to read fiction (especially Science/Speculative Fiction). Over the past year, I got heavily into the works of Octavia E. Butler. My conclusion: She's one of the greatest SF writers I've ever read - and I've been reading SF since I was very young, so that's saying alot.

Her writing is amazingly diverse. It features such subjects dystopian futures, telepathic societies, vampires, intentional community, the near future of this world and radically different worlds from ours - not to mention an immense diversity of personalities in her characters.

A pair of her books that I read this year stand out in particular for me: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents. They tell of a dystopian near-future and the development of intentional community to build a positive future direction. Both of these books were of the sort I can't stop reading until either I've finished them or I can't physically keep my eyes open (reading late into the night - sometimes into the next morning).

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