Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Parable of the Talented

What do you do when your favorite author dies an untimely death?

Science fiction author Octavia Butler dies at the age of 58

You read all of her books again, which is what I'm going to do.

Fledgling (2005)
Lilith's Brood (2000)
Parable of the Talents (1998)
Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995)
Parable of the Sower (1993)
Imago (1989)
Adulthood Rites (1988)
Dawn (1987)
Clay's Ark (1984)
Wild Seed (1980)
Kindred (1979)
Survivor (1978)
Mind of My Mind (1977)
Patternmaster (1976)

This woman was a genius, even though she would deny it. I got hooked when I read Parable of the Sower. I dare you to read one of her books without wanting to read any of the rest.

You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. It's just so easy to give up!
Octavia Butler, 2000

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