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Tuesday, February 28, 2006My worst fears have been confirmed...
Octavia Butler died on Saturday (Feb. 25th), according to her long time friend Steven Barnes. This is my birthday. I am heart broken.
Steven is married to Tananarive Due, another one of my favorite writers. This is a nice tribute to Octavia Butler.
I feel so fortunate to have met her. A few years back, I heard she was coming to Chicago for a book signing. I brought 10 books of hers that I had previously read and stood in line and had her autograph every single one for me. I could tell she didn't mind because she smiled. Can you believe, I somehow missed a book and was planning on getting it autographed when I saw her again...
In October 2005, I went to The 15th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference at Chicago State University because they were honoring the great Octavia Butler.
Everyone could tell I loved Octavia Butler from my questions. I even tried several times, to gently nudge her to write a sequel to her Xenogenesis series. She said no with a smile and added, I will leave that for you to do. I responsed and said, my imagination is not as good as yours.
Xenogenesis series/Lilith's Brood
The three volumes of this series are also collected into two omnibus editions, Xenogenesis (out of print) and Lilith's Brood. I'm so glad I have the Xenogenesis series (autographed).
I also tried to get her to reconcile Lauren with her daughter (Larkin) in the Parable series. She said no with a smile.
Parable of the Sower (1993)Finally I said, when you killed Doro from your Patternist Series, although he was a soul sucking vampire, I was disappointed, and missed him. So I asked, is it possible that you could give your stories a Hollywood ending? She said oh no, no, no, and she smiled. I said well, you can't blame a girl for trying...
Another giant among us is gone. She will be missed...
All that you touch
All that you Change
The only lasting truth
God ls Change.
-Earthseed: The Books of the Living
(from Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower)