Science Fiction writer Octavia E. Butler who died February 24, 2006 at the age of 36, became one of the 756 people to be offered this fellowship. She was the first African American to ever receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. When looking for her work, one would do best to find it in African American literature. She has several books, short stories and novels she managed to have published. Probably due in part of her early death is why Ms. Butler is not recognized as being an exceptional writer of both fantasy and sci-fi type novels by today’s generation as readily.
The book Kindred is one of her most recognized piece. Nevertheless, she has won awards for various writings including receiving nomination for her book, Parable of the Sower for a Nebula for best novel. Ironically, she actually won the award for the sequel to that book, Parable of the Talents. African American female writer, Octavia E. Butler, was a bright young talent who has left a legacy of thought provoking books. To learn more about documents by this creative artist, log on to the site below.
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