The bleak futures of Octavia Butler…

I have put together a retrospective of Octavia Butler's forward-looking science fiction and added my thoughts about Butler's vision of the future of humanity.

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My Review of Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E Butler on SF Mistressworks

SF Mistressworks has kindly republished my review of Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler. Go check it out!

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lillith Lilith’s Brood (Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago), Octavia E Butler (1989)
Review by Shannon Turlington

Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis novels were first compiled into one volume in 1989, but that compilation is now out of print. As with Seed to Harvest, Grand Central Publishing has reissued the compilation in an attractive trade paperback to capture new readers. And I’m glad they did, because I probably wouldn’t have read these books otherwise.

When I finished Lilith’s Brood, I actually wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not, but I thought about it a great deal, which I think is a sign of a book worth reading. The underlying theme disturbed me, partly because I didn’t find much hope in it, partly because I found myself agreeing with the series’ assessment: that humankind is fated by our own biology to destroy ourselves.

Lilith’s Brood includes three novels: Dawn, Adulthood Rites

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