Google’s Doodle Honors Author Octavia Butler

Amy Grimes June 22, 2018 Comments Off on Google’s Doodle Honors Author Octavia Butler


  Famously reclusive member of the LGBT community, Octavia Butler was both popular with fans and critics. Her vampire novel Fledgling (2005) came out after four-year struggle with writer’s block, but it was one of her best received books by fans.

  The American novelist Octavia Butler battled discrimination with her vivid intelligence and workaholic attitude. Octavia Butler as a pioneering writer brought her new voice into the white male-dominated field of science fiction.

  Butler grew up in Pasadena, CA. At age of only 15 she was already 6ft tall, so she was destined to stand out among here peers. She had problems with mild form of dyslexia and social anxiety, but she focused her energy into writing. She started producing short works by the age of 10 and she chose science fiction as her primary interest at a ripe age of 13. She graduated at California State University, L.A. Because of her shyness she spent most of her time in local library. That’s how she discovered her love of science fiction.

  Butler’s biography explains that she, always an early riser, woke at 2 a.m. every day to write, and then went to work as a telemarketer, potato chip inspector, and dishwasher, among other things.

  “Octavia E. Butler’s legacy calls to mind the age old question of whether life imitates art, or vice versa,” Google wrote in its tribute. “Today’s Doodle honors the author’s immense contribution to the genre of science fiction, including the diverse worlds and characters she brought to life.”

  Her first story, called Crossover (1976), explored the intimate nature of relationship between alien, human and virus in mutant societies. Her fourth novel, Kindred (1979), became a bestseller. Narrative of the story develops from the idea that she was pulled back to 1817 where she was compelled to safeguard white plantation owner, who is her ancestor, so to ensure that he grows up and rapes her slave ancestor, thus becoming her great-great grandfather. If he was to die, she can not exist today.

  Through her life Butler was exposed to segregation and institutional racism. For decades her dystopian novels explored themes of Black injustice and women’s rights which resulted in poor commercial demand for her work.

  Her stories resonated strongly with audience from all backgrounds and she received multiple Hugo & Nebula awards. Butler’s own website lists total of 11 awards spanning 1980 through 2012.

  She sought to speak truth to power and voice the suffering of disenfranchised and empower people striving for better lives. Today, on her birthday, it is with immense pride that we give tribute to Octavia for the magnificent gifts she bestowed upon all of us. Her legacy endures. As long as we speak her name, she lives.”

  Her most notable books included her first story, Crossover, which was part of an anthology; Patternmaster; and Mind of My Mind in 1977. She was also known for Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998).

  Octavia Estelle Butler, writer, born June 22 1947; died February 25 2006


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