‘Imago’ by Octavia E. Butler

Title: ImagoAuthor: Octavia E. ButlerPublished: 1989Genre: Science Fiction Synopsis: Child of the Earth and Stars, Jodahs can create, shapeshift, heal the maimed, cure cancer, create contagion with every breath, or mutate the ground with a touch. Jodahs is an ooloi, a being beyond gender, born with the alien Oankali power to mix pure DNA withinContinue reading “‘Imago’ by Octavia E. Butler”

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‘Adulthood Rites’ by Octavia E. Butler

Title: Adulthood RitesAuthor: Octavia E. ButlerPublished: 1988Genre: Science Fiction Synopsis: Lilith’s baby, Akin, looks human. He is not. The alien Oankali, driven by irresistible need, have genetically merged with us. But there are rebels who resist the Oankali tide. Childless humans desperate to regain their world, they seek to “cleanse” the “alien taint” by kidnappingContinue reading “‘Adulthood Rites’ by Octavia E. Butler”

‘Dawn’ by Octavia E. Butler

Title: DawnAuthor: Octavia E. ButlerPublished: 1987Genre: Science Fiction Synopsis: Lilith Ayapo is in the remote Andes, mourning the death of her husband and son, when nuclear war destroys the world. Centuries later, she revives, held captive aboard a starship.Miraculously powerful and hideously grotesque galactic beings, the Oankali have rescued the planet and the war’s victimsContinue reading “‘Dawn’ by Octavia E. Butler”

‘Kindred’ by Octavia E. Butler

Title: KindredAuthor: Octavia E. ButlerPublished: June 1979Genre: Narrative Fiction, Science Fiction Synopsis: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana hasContinue reading “‘Kindred’ by Octavia E. Butler”