All Hail Octavia Butler: The Mother of Science Fiction and Afrofuturism

Self Love Literature

“All that you touch
You Change.
All that you Change
Changes you.
The only lasting truth
is Change.
is Change.” 

-Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents


At the tender age of 9, Octavia Butler ascended into her destiny. Endowed with a keen ability to imagine fictional worlds far beyond the limitations of society, Butler left an influential ripple within the science fiction universe for generations to come. The beauty in her literary career lies in the prophetic notion that Butler remembers the exact moment she decided to become a science fiction writer. After critiquing the 1954 film “Devil Girl from Mars,” Octavia’s exact words were “Geez, I can write a better story than that!” Only to second this assertion by stating, “somebody got paid for writing that story!” If they could, she decided, then she could, as well. Thus her love affair with science fiction began.

Born in Pasadena…

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