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10-11-2011, 11:41 PM
Hi folks, I've been wanting to read more Sci-Fi books and upon some research, it seems that Octavia Butler may be the way I can start my journey. I've already read Fledgling (and looooved it!), but would love suggestions on what else I should read from her and in what chronology - esp some of her earlier work from the 70s and such.

I know a lot of us here are avid book readers, which is why I thought to ask here...Thanks in advance for all y'all suggestions!

10-12-2011, 12:11 AM
I've never read any of her novels, but even though she stated that she didn't like short story writing, she still wrote some really excellent ones. So I would recommend her collection Bloodchild and Other Stories.

10-12-2011, 12:19 AM
You might try Kindred, which is probably her most well known novel. It is pretty widely taught in college classes. You can read more about it here: http://www.amazon.com/Kindred-Octavia-Butler/dp/0807083100/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318374875&sr=1-1

You might also check out Ursula K. Le Guin.

10-12-2011, 12:29 AM
I only discovered Octavia Butler last year, after seeing a dnace performance based on her writings. I went out and bought Fledgling right away and loved it! The performance was based on her Parable books, which are on my list but I haven't gotten to them yet.

10-12-2011, 12:40 AM
second vote for Kindred

10-12-2011, 01:39 AM
Thanks for the advice - I'll start out with Kindre and work my way around some of her trilogies :)

10-12-2011, 02:17 PM
Third vote for Kindred. I teach it in a women writers class and students love it. Kindred is less traditional sci-fi than Butler's other works, though (in fact, Butler called it a "grim fantasy" because she said there "was no science in it.") So another vote for the Bloodchild collection if you like more alien oriented sci-fi. Happy reading!