International Woman’s Day: Remembering Octavia Butler

“I am a 53-year-old writer who can remember being a 10-year-old writer and who expects someday to be an 80-year-old writer. I’m also comfortably asocial — a hermit in the middle of Seattle — a pessimist if I’m not careful, a feminist, a black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.”-Octavia Butler

For most people that read Octavia Butler’s work, Kindred was their introduction to Ms. Butler’s writing. Kindred tells the story of Dana, who on her 26 birthday is called back in time to the antebellum South to assist a relative. Octavia’s work was revolutionary. She was not the the first Black Science Fiction writer, however she was one of the best known and one of the few African American women in the genre. Her death in 2006 left us with hopes that her books would be pushed to the top of book to film projects but we are still waiting for that day ( perhaps a Sugarcane project?) until then, we would like to share an audio clip of Alfre Woodard , Lynn Whitfield and Ruby Dee in an audio drama of the acclaimed book Kindred. It was once available on the Scifi network. Click here to enjoy.

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