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Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia…

Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler

by Alexandra Pierce (Editor), Mimi Mondal (Editor)

Other authors: Rasha Abdulhadi (Contributor), Raffaella Baccolini (Contributor), Moya Bailey (Contributor), Steven Barnes (Contributor), Michele Tracy Berger (Contributor)53 more, Tara Betts (Contributor), Lisa Bennett Bolekaja (Contributor), K. Tempest Bradford (Contributor), Cassandra Brennan (Contributor), Jennifer Marie Brissett (Contributor), Stephanie Burgis (Contributor), Mary Elizabeth Burroughs (Contributor), Octavia Butler (Contributor), Christopher Caldwell (Contributor), Gerry Canavan (Contributor), Joyce Chng (Contributor), Indra Das (Contributor), L. Timmel Duchamp (Contributor), Sophia Echevarria (Contributor), TS Ganges (Contributor), Stephen R. Gold (Contributor), Jewelle Gomez (Contributor), Kate Gordon (Contributor), Sandra Y. Govan (Contributor), Andrea Hairston (Contributor), Rebecca Holden (Contributor), Tiara Janté (Contributor), Valjeanne Jeffers (Contributor), Alex Jennings (Contributor), Alaya Dawn Johnson (Contributor), Kathleen Kayembe (Contributor), De Witt Douglas Kilgore (Contributor), Hunter Liguore (Contributor), Karen Lord (Contributor), Nnedi Okorafor (Contributor), Stephen W. Potts (Contributor), ZM Quỳnh (Contributor), Asata Radcliffe (Contributor), Aurelius Raines II (Contributor), Cat Rambo (Contributor), Ruth Salvaggio (Contributor), Ranu Samantrai (Contributor), Connie Samaras (Contributor), Nisi Shawl (Contributor), Jeremy Sim (Contributor), Joan Slonczewski (Contributor), Amanda Emily Smith (Contributor), Cat Sparks (Contributor), Elizabeth Stephens (Contributor), Rachel Swirsky (Contributor), Bogi Takács (Contributor), Sheree Renee Thomas (Contributor), Jeffrey Allen Tucker (Contributor), Brenda Tyrrell (Contributor), Paul Weimer (Contributor), Ben H. Winters (Contributor), K. Ceres Wright (Contributor), Hoda Zaki (Contributor)

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Luminescent Threads celebrates Octavia E. Butler, a pioneer of the Science Fiction genre who paved the way for future African American writers and other writers of colour. Original essays and letters sourced and curated for this collection explore Butler's depiction of power relationships, her complex treatment of race and identity, and her impact on feminism and women in Science Fiction. Follow the luminescent threads that connect Octavia E. Butler and her body of work to the many readers and writers who have found inspiration in her words, and the complex universes she created.… (more)



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2018 Hugo Awards Best Related Work Nominee
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
This book is a collection of essays about Octavia Butler, mostly in the form of letters to her. It's okay. I'm sure the letters were all deeply, individually meaningful to write, but reading a number of them becomes a bit samey, as not many of them are imbued with lots of specifics. I also have a suspicion that the number of them that revolve so much around the election of President Trump will age badly. Or maybe that's more of a hope, though it does indicate to me that I need to read Butler's Parables books. Anyway, I did enjoy several of the essays (I had a slight bias toward the academic ones, perhaps unsurprisingly), but on the whole I didn't find this book essential, and don't feel I learned a whole lot about Butler from it.
  Stevil2001 | Aug 10, 2018 |

Luminescent Threads, in a similar format to Letters to Tiptree and sharing an editor, brings together short pieces by almost fifty writers about the effect that Butler's writing had on them, including several who have attended the Clarion writers' workshop thanks to the scholarship established in Butler's name. Most of the pieces were written in the immediate aftermath of the Trump victory and inauguration, and many of the writers were still reeling in shock and invoking Butler, who foresaw the sort of regime that Trump would like to lead, as an inspiration in dark times.

I have to say that I was less satisfied with Luminescent Threads than I was with Letters to Tiptree. I felt that there was less internal organisation - it might have been more interesting to group the scholarly essays separately from the more personal letters. I also really missed Butler's own voice - Letters to Tiptree included a number of letters from Tiptree, whereas here we hear from Butler only in one short interview at the end. I salute the commitment of the editors and contributors, but the structure didn't quite work for me. ( )
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