The Second Coming of Octavia E. Butler

Butler’s books—from the Xenogenesis trilogy to the Parable series to her later work, including Fledgling—tackled environmental destruction, border conflicts, intergenerational trauma, and the intricacies of race, gender, and reproduction. Born and raised in Pasadena, where she also lived for much of her adult life, Butler was deeply interested in what drought and segregation in California would mean for the state’s most vulnerable populations, especially Black women, a theme she explored with unflinching intensity in Parable of the Sower. – Vanity Fair, December 2021/January 2022

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