Octavia Butler Has Died
There are some authors that make me feel glad that I am alive today along with them, and I will keep on reading their work as long as they keep on writing it. Orson Scott Card is one such author, so is Neil Gaiman. Octavia Butler was another.
Octavia Butler's work was extraordinary. In fact, she was probably a more imaginative and better writer than the two I listed above, and I don't mean no disrespect to Mr. Card or Mr. Gaiman.
Octavia Butler's brand of science fiction was completely unique. Her protagonist was almost always a strong black woman, but this was not rubbed in your face. Nope, the protagonist was a decent human being, and we cheered her on because we hoped that we would be as smart and courageous as her, were we in her sitaution.
I didn't always agree with Octavia Butler, but in the end we hope for the same thing; that humanity's good side will prevail in the end.
Thank you, Ms. Butler, for sharing your entertaining and intelligent writing with us.
June 22, 1947-February 25, 2006