Octavia E. Butler /

by Canavan, Gerry [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Modern masters of science fiction: Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2016]Description: xviii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780252082160; 0252082168.Subject(s): Butler, Octavia E | American fiction -- African American authors -- Biography | Science fiction -- Women authors -- Biography | African American novelists -- Biography | African American women authors -- Biography | Biographies | Biographies | Biography
Contents:
Introduction : beginning at the end -- Childfinder (1947-1971) -- Psychogenesis (1971-1976) -- To keep thee in all thy ways (1976-1980) -- Blindsight (1980-1987) -- The training floor (1987-1989) -- God of clay (1989-2006) -- Paraclete (1999-2006) -- Conclusion : unexpected stories -- Appendix : "lost races of science fiction" (1980) / by Octavia E. Butler.
Summary: "Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler's career. Drawing on Butler's personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler's frustrations and launched her triumphs. Canavan departs from other studies to approach Butler first and foremost as a science fiction writer working within, responding to, and reacting against the genre's particular canon. The result is an illuminating study of how an essential SF figure shaped themes, unconventional ideas, and an unflagging creative urge into brilliant works of fiction." -- Publisher's description.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

I began writing about power because I had so little, Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler's life as an African American woman--an alien in American society and among science fiction writers--informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction. Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler's career. Drawing on Butler's personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler's frustrations and launched her triumphs. Canavan departs from other studies to approach Butler first and foremost as a science fiction writer working within, responding to, and reacting against the genre's particular canon. The result is an illuminating study of how an essential SF figure shaped themes, unconventional ideas, and an unflagging creative urge into brilliant works of fiction.

Includes bibliographical resources (pages 187-217) and index.

Introduction : beginning at the end -- Childfinder (1947-1971) -- Psychogenesis (1971-1976) -- To keep thee in all thy ways (1976-1980) -- Blindsight (1980-1987) -- The training floor (1987-1989) -- God of clay (1989-2006) -- Paraclete (1999-2006) -- Conclusion : unexpected stories -- Appendix : "lost races of science fiction" (1980) / by Octavia E. Butler.

"Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler's career. Drawing on Butler's personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler's frustrations and launched her triumphs. Canavan departs from other studies to approach Butler first and foremost as a science fiction writer working within, responding to, and reacting against the genre's particular canon. The result is an illuminating study of how an essential SF figure shaped themes, unconventional ideas, and an unflagging creative urge into brilliant works of fiction." -- Publisher's description.

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Library Journal Review

Canavan's (American literature & pop culture, Marquette Univ.; coeditor, The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction) addition to this series is a welcome one indeed. A thorough exploration into Octavia E. Butler's (1947-2006) entire collection of work, it is a much-needed volume of scholarship in sf. From "Childfinder (1947-1971)" to "Paraclete (1999-2006)," Canavan's work carefully and thoughtfully delves into all things Butler-manuscripts from the Huntington Library, pronunciation guides, abandoned drafts, false starts, and journal excerpts from the author herself. A must-read for scholars of sf, Canavan's scholarship is both a work of sharply dedicated research and a loving tribute to one of sf's most creative geniuses. This approach to Butler is like no other, making it an indispensable addition to any library. Verdict Highly recommended for university libraries and libraries with sf collections.-Misty Standage, Ivy Tech Community Coll., Evansville, IN © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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