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Bloodchild and Other Stories

by Octavia E. Butler

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A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes "Bloodchild," winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is "The Book of Martha" which asks: What would you do if God granted you the ability--and responsibility--to save humanity from itself?
Like all of Octavia Butler's best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature's strongest voices.

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    Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars by Nisi Shawl (goddesspt2)
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    Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse by John Joseph Adams (sturlington)
    sturlington: Contains the Butler story "Speech Sounds." If you like that story, you might like other stories in the collection.
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#1004 in our old book database. #29 for Adele (10/5/1995). Not rated.

Contents: Bloodchild -- The Evening and the Morning and the Night -- Near of Kin -- Speech Sounds -- Crossover -- Positive Obsessi
  villemezbrown | Jan 22, 2023 |
Octavia E. Butler seems to be hit or miss with me, and all of these short stories were a miss for me. Maybe I just don't like her short fiction. Several of them were just an idea without much of a story. Two of the stories were rereads and I can't say that I had quite as strong a reaction when I read them previously. ( )
  natcontrary | Aug 16, 2022 |
Good stories

I wish some had been longer. Better still, novelized.

I wish she was still here so I could tell her how much I enjoy her work. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
My first Octavia Butler. I didn't love everything in her but make it morning breaking clear how brilliant she is. Eager to read more. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
damn who knew octavia butler wrote a porny (yet sexually uncomfortable) vampire novel that tackles biphobia & racism lol there's good reason i didn't kno about this.... it's NOT my fave butler but still excellently written as any butler novel--enticing world fleshed out until it bursts so you can take a look around yr own situation & do some thinking. ( )
  freakorlando | May 14, 2020 |
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The truth is, I hate short story writing. [Preface]
My last night of childhood began with a visit home. [Bloodchild]
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If you work hard enough at something that doesn't matter, you can forget for a while about the things that do.
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There are two, similarly-titled versions of this anthology. This Work is the original collection (1995) containing 5 stories and 2 essays.

Contents: Bloodchild -- The Evening and the Morning and the Night -- Near of Kin -- Speech Sounds -- Crossover -- Positive Obsession -- Furor Scribendi
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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. Short Stories. HTML:

A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes "Bloodchild," winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is "The Book of Martha" which asks: What would you do if God granted you the ability--and responsibility--to save humanity from itself?
Like all of Octavia Butler's best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature's strongest voices.

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This Work (1995) collects the following five stories and two essays:
  • Bloodchild
  • The Evening and the Morning and the Night
  • Near of Kin
  • Speech Sounds
  • Crossover
  • Positive Obsession
  • Furor Scribendi
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