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Lilith's Brood (edition 2007)

by Octavia E. Butler

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Title:Lilith's Brood
Authors:Octavia E. Butler
Info:Warner Books (2007), Trade paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:feminist SF, contemporary, omnibus, Xenogenesis sequence, read in 2007

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Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler

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Great book. It has 3 books in one. I really like the way Octavia Butler writes, it was a great book. ( )
  LaBla | Feb 6, 2016 |
Solid examination in three novels of an alien takeover of humanity's future. It could be read simultaneously as a tale of horror and transcendence. 'Dawn' begins with the classic SF trope of awakening naked and alone in a strange environment, soon revealed to be an alien spaceship. Alien abduction, yes, but also alien rescue, from a vaguely described Doomsday catastrophe that humans had unleashed on themselves. Dawn is primarily about Lilith coming to terms with the Oankali, her alien captors, their goals for her in creating a future genetic blending of humans and aliens, and her relationships with other humans. As with Survivor, a book Butler disowned but which I quite liked, sex is elemental bonding force, but Lilith is doomed to be largely an outsider. 'Adulthood Rites' and 'Imago' continue the outsider themes with two of her offspring of this new Oankali-human blend. Both books are fine but suffer a bit from the similarity of main character. Each is a prototype of the next step in Oankali-human evolution, each is thereby isolated from both sides, each tres to preserve some element of original humankind, but each also subjugates humans to their will as need be. If you wanted to read these as biographies of monsters, you could. The power of Butler's writing is that she allows no simple interpretations of who is right or wrong here. Recommended. ( )
1 vote ChrisRiesbeck | Jan 15, 2016 |
My personal favorite sci-fi trilogy. I have reviewed the individual volumes separately:

- Dawn
- Adulthood Rites
- Imago

Mind blowing, thought provoking, thrilling stuff. (Plenty more hyperbole in the above mentioned reviews!)

One thing I particularly want to mention about the author is I love how she embraced the "science fiction author" label. Unlike some "literary" talented authors who prefer to avoid the sci-fi label she took pride in it. Certainly I agree that it is an author's prerogative how they want their works or themselves to be classified, which makes Octavia Butler's choice that much more meaningful, the photo below beautifully illustrates this point:



I wish she was still with us. ( )
  apatt | Dec 26, 2015 |
This was an excellent trilogy. I highly recommend it for sci-fi, post-end-of-the-world fans. ( )
  okjlsaz | Feb 4, 2014 |
Dawn is the first in Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, in which humans destroy the Earth through nuclear war and are then descended upon by aliens (the Oankali) who "rescue" them by attempting to merge their two species, hoping to create offspring with the best traits of both humans and Oankali. The story is told from the point of view of Lilith, one of the first humans to be Awakened from the suspended animation the Oankali used to heal the remaining humans after the war and to keep them young while Earth, too, had a chance to heal. The Oankali plan to use Lilith as a kind of mother-figure and teacher for a group of humans she will Awaken (at Oankali direction) and who will then be sent back to Earth along with members of the Oankali to repopulate the planet with the resulting hybrid species.

Dawn follows Lilith as she learns about the Oankali and their plans and tries to find and understand a new life under these strange circumstances. Butler's prose is somehow both spare and rich, and her ability to draw an alien species which is truly alien is remarkable. Her insight into how humans of varying temperaments might react open being awoken and told they've been rescued by aliens who now want to mate with them creates a believable, moving story. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy soon. 21 Jan 2014 ( )
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In memory of Mike Hodel who,
through his READ/SF campaign
for literacy, sought to share
with everyone the pleasure and
usefulness of the written word.

(preceding Dawn)
To Lynn--
write!

(preceding Adulthood Rites)
To Irie Isaacs

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Alive! (Dawn)
He remembered much of his stay in the womb. (Adulthood Rites)
I slipped into my metamorphosis so quietly that no one noticed. (Imago)
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Lilith's Brood is a collection of three works by Octavia Butler: Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago. The three volumes of this science fiction series were previously collected in the now out of print volume, Xenogenesis.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446676101, Paperback)

The acclaimed trilogy that comprises LILITH'S BROOD is multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winner Octavia E. Butler at her best. Presented for the first time in one volume, with an introduction by Joan Slonczewski, Ph.D., LILITH'S BROOD is a profoundly evocative, sensual -- and disturbing -- epic of human transformation.

Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected -- by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: their own children. This is their story...

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All of humanity must share the world with uncanny, unimaginable alien creatures after war destroys Earth, in an omnibus edition containing three class science fiction novels--Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago. The acclaimed trilogy that comprises Lilith's Brood is multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winner Octavia E. Butler at her best. Presented for the first time in one volume, with an introduction by Joan Slonczewski, Ph.D., Lilith's Brood is a profoundly evocative, sensual--and disturbing--epic of human transformation. Lilith Lyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected, by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: Their own children. This is their story.… (more)

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