SF Author Butler Dead At 58
Octavia Butler, the Hugo and Nebula award winning SF writer who was perhaps the most celebrated African-American woman in the SF genre, died at her home in Seattle on Feb. 25, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America reported on its Web site. She was 58. The boingboing.net site reported that Butler succumbed to a concussion following a fall.
Butler published nearly 20 novels and books in her career and was best known for several series, including the Patternist, Xenogenesis/Lilith's Brood and Parable series of novels. Her other well-known SF books included 1979's Kindred, a novel about a modern African-American woman who keeps falling back through time to rescue her white slave-owning ancestor, and 1995's Bloodchild and Other Stories. Butler's last novel, the vampire-themed Fledgling, was her first novel in seven years and was released in the fall of 2005.
Butler received the PEN Center West Lifetime Achievement Award, a Nebula Award and two Hugo Awards. In 1995 she was the recipient of a $295,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the first and only SF writer to be so honored.
Octavia Estelle Butler, an only child born in Pasadena, Calif., attended school at Pasadena City College, California State University, Los Angeles, and UCLA. She went on to participate in the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop, and her first story, "Crossover," appeared in the 1971 Clarion anthology.
A memorial service has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle.
I can't even say how much her writing has touched my life. I'm just stunned.
Well, if I make it to the other side sometime soon I have to look her up.