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Conversations with Octavia Butler /

by Butler, Octavia E; Francis, Conseula [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Literary conversations series: Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2010.Description: xvi, 232 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781604732757; 160473275X; 9781604732764; 1604732768.Subject(s): Butler, Octavia E. -- Interviews | Butler, Octavia E | Authors, American -- 20th century -- Interviews | African American authors -- Interviews | Science fiction -- Authorship | African American authors | Authors, American | Science fiction -- Authorship | 1900-1999 | Interviews | Interviews
Contents:
Sci-fi visions : an interview with Octavia Butler / Rosalie G. Harrison -- An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Larry McCaffery and Jim McMenamin -- An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Randall Kenan -- PW interviews : Octavia E. Butler / Lisa See -- Sci-fi tales from Octavia E. Butler / H. Jerome Jackson -- Interview with Octavia Butler / Jelani Cobb -- "We keep playing the same record" : a conversation with Octavia Butler / Stephen W. Potts -- An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Charles Rowell -- "Radio imagination" : Octavia Butler on the poetics of narrative embodiment / Marilyn Mehaffy and AnaLouise Keating -- Congratulations! You've just won $295,000 : an interview with Octavia Butler / Joan Fry -- Octavia Butler / Mike McGonigal -- Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delany / MIT Cultural Studies Project -- Nebula Award nominee Octavia Butler is expanding the universe of science-fiction readers / Jane Burkitt -- Octavia Butler / Juan Williams -- Octavia E. Butler : persistence / Charles Brown -- Essay on racism / Scott Simon -- Big thinker / Susan Stamberg -- The lit interview : Octavia Butler / Daniel Burton-Rose -- A conversation with Octavia Butler / Nick DiChario -- Interview : Octavia E. Butler / John C. Snider -- Octavia Butler's kindred turns twenty-five / Allison Keyes -- Science fiction writer Octavia Butler on race, global warming, and religion / Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman -- Interviewing the oracle : Octavia Butler / Kazembe Balagun.
Summary: "Octavia Butler (1947-2006) spent the majority of her prolific career as the only major black female author of science fiction. Winner of both the Nebula and Hugo Awards as well as a MacArthur "genius" grant, the first for a science fiction writer, Butler created worlds that challenged notions of race, sex, gender, and humanity. Whether in the postapocalyptic future of the Parable stories, in the human inability to assimilate change and difference in the Xenogenesis books, or in the destructive sense of superiority in the Patternist series, Butler held up a mirror, reflecting what is beautiful, corrupt, worthwhile, and damning about the world we inhabit. In interviews ranging from 1980 until just before her sudden death in 2006, Conversations with Octavia Butler reveals a writer very much aware of herself as the "rare bird" of science fiction even as she shows frustration with the constant question, "How does it feel to be the only one?" Whether discussing humanity's biological imperatives or the difference between science fiction and fantasy or the plight of the working poor in America, Butler emerges in these interviews as funny, intelligent, complicated, and intensely original." -- Publisher's description
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) spent the majority of her prolific career as the only major black female author of science fiction. Winner of both the Nebula and Hugo Awards as well as a MacArthur "genius" grant, the first for a science fiction writer, Butler created worlds that challenged notions of race, sex, gender, and humanity. Whether in the postapocalyptic future of the Parable stories, in the human inability to assimilate change and difference in the Xenogenesis books, or in the destructive sense of superiority in the Patternist series, Butler held up a mirror, reflecting what is beautiful, corrupt, worthwhile, and damning about the world we inhabit.

In interviews ranging from 1980 until just before her sudden death in 2006, Conversations with Octavia Butler reveals a writer very much aware of herself as the "rare bird" of science fiction even as she shows frustration with the constant question,"How does it feel to be the only one?" Whether discussing humanity's biological imperatives or the difference between science fiction and fantasy or the plight of the working poor in America, Butler emerges in these interviews as funny, intelligent, complicated, and intensely original.

Includes index.

Sci-fi visions : an interview with Octavia Butler / Rosalie G. Harrison -- An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Larry McCaffery and Jim McMenamin -- An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Randall Kenan -- PW interviews : Octavia E. Butler / Lisa See -- Sci-fi tales from Octavia E. Butler / H. Jerome Jackson -- Interview with Octavia Butler / Jelani Cobb -- "We keep playing the same record" : a conversation with Octavia Butler / Stephen W. Potts -- An interview with Octavia E. Butler / Charles Rowell -- "Radio imagination" : Octavia Butler on the poetics of narrative embodiment / Marilyn Mehaffy and AnaLouise Keating -- Congratulations! You've just won $295,000 : an interview with Octavia Butler / Joan Fry -- Octavia Butler / Mike McGonigal -- Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delany / MIT Cultural Studies Project -- Nebula Award nominee Octavia Butler is expanding the universe of science-fiction readers / Jane Burkitt -- Octavia Butler / Juan Williams -- Octavia E. Butler : persistence / Charles Brown -- Essay on racism / Scott Simon -- Big thinker / Susan Stamberg -- The lit interview : Octavia Butler / Daniel Burton-Rose -- A conversation with Octavia Butler / Nick DiChario -- Interview : Octavia E. Butler / John C. Snider -- Octavia Butler's kindred turns twenty-five / Allison Keyes -- Science fiction writer Octavia Butler on race, global warming, and religion / Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman -- Interviewing the oracle : Octavia Butler / Kazembe Balagun.

"Octavia Butler (1947-2006) spent the majority of her prolific career as the only major black female author of science fiction. Winner of both the Nebula and Hugo Awards as well as a MacArthur "genius" grant, the first for a science fiction writer, Butler created worlds that challenged notions of race, sex, gender, and humanity. Whether in the postapocalyptic future of the Parable stories, in the human inability to assimilate change and difference in the Xenogenesis books, or in the destructive sense of superiority in the Patternist series, Butler held up a mirror, reflecting what is beautiful, corrupt, worthwhile, and damning about the world we inhabit. In interviews ranging from 1980 until just before her sudden death in 2006, Conversations with Octavia Butler reveals a writer very much aware of herself as the "rare bird" of science fiction even as she shows frustration with the constant question, "How does it feel to be the only one?" Whether discussing humanity's biological imperatives or the difference between science fiction and fantasy or the plight of the working poor in America, Butler emerges in these interviews as funny, intelligent, complicated, and intensely original." -- Publisher's description

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. ix)
  • Chronology (p. xv)
  • Sci-Fi Visions: An Interview with Octavia Butler (p. 3)
  • An Interview with Octavia E. Butler (p. 10)
  • An Interview with Octavia E. Butler (p. 27)
  • PW Interviews: Octavia E. Butler (p. 38)
  • Sci-Fi Tales from Octavia E. Butler (p. 43)
  • Interview with Octavia Butler (p. 49)
  • ôWe Keep Playing the Same Recordö: A Conversation with Octavia Butler (p. 65)
  • An Interview with Octavia E. Butler (p. 74)
  • ôRadio Imaginationö: Octavia Butler on the Poetics of Narrative Embodiment (p. 98)
  • Congratulations! You've Just Won $295,000: An Interview with Octavia Butler (p. 123)
  • Octavia Butler (p. 134)
  • MIT Cultural Studies Project (p. 142)
  • Nebula Award Nominee Octavia Butler Is Expanding the Universe of Science-Fiction Readers (p. 158)
  • Octavia Butler (p. 161)
  • Octavia E. Butler: Persistence (p. 181)
  • Essay on Racism (p. 189)
  • Big Thinker (p. 193)
  • The Lit Interview: Octavia Butler (p. 196)
  • A Conversation with Octavia Butler (p. 206)
  • Interview: Octavia E. Butler (p. 213)
  • Octavia Butler's Kindred Turns Twenty-five (p. 219)
  • Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler on Race, Global Warming, and Religion (p. 222)
  • Interviewing the Oracle: Octavia Butler (p. 226)
  • Index (p. 229)

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