Octavia E. Butler

"All that you touch you change." — Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006)

A writer who, in book after book, imagined richly the dark future for which we have destined ourselves and offered hope for improving it, OCTAVIA E. BUTLER is recognized as one of the bravest and smartest of American fiction writers. A 1995 MacArthur Award winner, Butler transcended genre even as she was awarded science fiction's top prizes, the Nebula and Hugo Awards. She reached readers of all ages, all races, all sexual persuasions. An impassioned voice for inclusion and early proponent of afrofuturism, Butler died in 2006 at the age of 58. She remains an inspiration to her international readership, which continues to grow, and has spawned several generations of devoted followers.