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Bloodchild and Other Stories : Second…

Bloodchild and Other Stories : Second Edition (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Octavia E. Butler

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Six extraordinary stories from the author of Kindred, a master of modern science fiction--including a Hugo and Nebula award-winning novella. Octavia E. Butler's classic "Bloodchild," winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, anchors this collection of incomparable stories and essays. "Bloodchild" is set on a distant planet where human children spend their lives preparing to become hosts for the offspring of the alien Tlic. Sometimes the procedure is harmless, but often it is not. Also included is the Hugo Award-winning "Speech Sounds," about a near future in which humans must adapt after an apocalyptic event robs them of their ability to speak. "The Evening and the Morning and the Night," another esteemed title in this collection, is a Nebula Award finalist.   In these pages, Butler shows us life on Earth and amongst the stars, telling her tales with characteristic imagination and clarity.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author's estate.  … (more)
Title:Bloodchild and Other Stories : Second Edition
Authors:Octavia E. Butler
Info:Seven Stories Press (2005), Edition: 2nd, Paperback
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Tags:Fiction, Science Fiction

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Bloodchild and Other Stories {second edition} by Octavia E. Butler (2005)



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Some interesting views on how people are with each other and perhaps when interacting with other species. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Octavia Butler is one of my favorite sci-fi authors. Her short stories are a good way to ease into her novels if you've never been exposed to her. Literal thinkers might take a minute to get used to the way her mind works.

Some of the subject matter in this collection is disturbing, but her writing and unconventional stories are amazing. ( )
1 vote bohemiangirl35 | Jan 9, 2010 |
A friend gave me this collection, and I have to say, it's wonderful, and a particular find for someone like me who spends so much time writing and teaching writing. Butler's prose is fluid and engaging--not a word too many or too little. Each story grabs you from the first page (as alien as it may be to what you've experienced before) and moves you through to the end, surprising you with the combination of grace and darkness that each story brings up. Some of these are darker than others, and it's a fair warning to say that the very first story in the collection is by far the most graphic, and probably the darkest of them all. Butler's newer stories (the two at the end) are as striking as the early ones, but my favorites are probably "Speech Sounds", "Amnesty", and "The Evening and the Morning and the Night".

These are primarily science fiction and fantasy, but they're also literary. The three listed above and "Near of Kin" are probably the closest to standing outside of the sci-fi genre, but even "Amnesty" is clearly sci-fi if you must label it. If you're curious about branching out, I'd recommend these.

What makes this book even more of a find is that after each story, Butler has written a brief and telling afterword to discuss her thoughts on the story--where it came from, her feelings on it or responses, etc. These are, without doubt, perfect for a creative writing class, where the group can experience the story, and later be given the afterward (assuming the instructor is copying and the students don't have the full book in front of them). Also, there are two short essays on writing, both of which are worth passing on to young writers and reading yourself.

As a whole, this was a wonderful read---entertaining, smart, and gracefully written. I recommend it highly to writers and readers of science fiction or short fiction alike. ( )
2 vote whitewavedarling | Jul 12, 2009 |
Sat and read it through in the basement of Princeton Public Library, while avoiding a too-loud war tv broadcast upstairs. I think the tv was turned down eventually, but I was to engrossed to notice.Very gripping little stories. I didn't quite like the one about incest. And the title one - it _was_ about slavery, or something close to. And the illness ones ... didn't quite buy the pheremones. ( )
  krisiti | Jul 1, 2009 |
The essay "Furor Scribendi" alone is worth the cover price. ( )
  donp | Nov 17, 2008 |
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This Work (2005) collects the following seven stories and two essays:
  • Bloodchild
  • The Evening and the Morning and the Night
  • Near of Kin
  • Speech Sounds
  • Crossover
  • Positive Obsession
  • Furor Scribendi
  • Amnesty
  • The Book of Martha
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