Bloodchild and Other Stories
A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes "Bloodchild," winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman aptly named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is "The Book of Martha" which asks: What would you do if God granted you the ability—and responsibility—to save humanity from itself?
Like all of Octavia Butler's best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literatures strongest voices.
"Butler graces new mansions of thought with her eloquent, distinguished, and poignant prose. Although this book is little in size, its ideas and aims are splendidly large." —Booklist
"An outstanding short story collection … [Butler] is an impressive writer whose work displays how science fiction readily transcends the perceived stylistic limitations of the genre." —St. Petersburg Times
"The title story is justly famous … splendid pieces, set forth in calm, lucid prose with never a word wasted." —Kirkus Reviews
About 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.