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invisible ink
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Science fiction writer Octavia Butler dies
SEATTLE (AP) — Octavia E. Butler, considered the first black woman to gain national prominence as a science fiction writer, has died, a close friend said Sunday. She was 58.

During her writing career, Butler received many awards, including the MacArthur "genius" grant.
Miriam Berkley

Butler fell and struck her head on the cobbled walkway outside her home, said Leslie Howle, a longtime friend and employee at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle.

The writer, who suffered from high blood pressure and heart trouble and could only take a few steps without stopping for breath, was found outside her home in the north Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park and died Friday, Howle said.

Butler's work wasn't preoccupied with robots and ray guns, Howle said, but used the genre's artistic freedom to explore race, poverty, politics, religion and human nature.

"She stands alone for what she did," Howle said. "She was such a beacon and a light in that way."

Jane Jewell, executive director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, said Butler was one of the first black women to explore the genre and the most prominent. But Butler would have been a major writer of science fiction regardless of race or gender, she said.

"She is a world-class science fiction writer in her own right," Jewell said. "She was one of the first and one of the best to discuss gender and race in science fiction."

Butler began writing at age 10, and told Howle she embraced science fiction after seeing a schlocky B-movie called Devil Girl from Mars and thought, "I can write a better story than that." In 1970, she took a bus from her hometown of Pasadena, Calif., to attend a fantasy writers workshop in East Lansing, Mich.

Her first novel, Kindred, in 1979, featured a black woman who travels back in time to the South to save a white man. She went on to write about a dozen books, plus numerous essays and short stories. Her most recent work, Fledgling, an examination of the Dracula legend, was published last fall.

She received many awards, and in 1995 Butler was the first science fiction writer granted a "genius" award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which paid $295,000 over five years.

Butler described herself as a happy hermit, and never married.

"Mostly she just loved sitting down and writing," Seattle-based science fiction writer Greg Bear said. "For being a black female growing up in Los Angeles in the '60s, she was attracted to science fiction for the same reasons I was: It liberated her. She had a far-ranging imagination, and she was a treasure in our community."

if you didn't define yourself for yourself you'd be crunched into other peoples fantasies of you an eaten alive.

audre lorde

  

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RE: Octavia Butler dies at 58
Feb 27th 2006
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RIP .. Octavia
Feb 27th 2006
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RE: RIP .. Octavia
Feb 27th 2006
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i'm...
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i think what hurts the most is...
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RE: Octavia Butler dies at 58
Feb 27th 2006
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I saw this is GD
Feb 28th 2006
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r.i.p.
Mar 02nd 2006
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A Kindred Spirit!
Mar 04th 2006
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run away home
Mar 04th 2006
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crazy
Mar 04th 2006
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truth
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this hurts so deep

  

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PhotoSynthesis
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2. "RIP .. Octavia"
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Must read Books: Parable of the Talents, Mind of My Mind & Patternmaster.


I actually started reading Patternmaster, set it down, misplaced it -- and had to buy another copy -- (But never finished it) --

Now I HAVE to finish it! -- *sigh*


My heart dropped to my feet when I read ^this^ official notice of her death.


Thanx Inky ...



A guitar string vibrating, a measure of my soul, a breech in the silence --
I've always felt like words come through me & I write them down... they have no master --- gsquared ♥

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hdub
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co-sign on the rest in peace

i read kindred for class last year it was amazing<<<thats my favorite from what i've read of hers

so much to gain from a close reading of that novel

...(the end)...

  

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truly saddened by this...

read it earlier this morning and didn't know what to feel or how to feel until about 30 minutes ago.

so talented... and 58 is still so damn young...

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do we leave the details to the devil
but get angry at God? ©kimabe

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it was an accident...it wasn't like a heart attack or something...she fell...that floored me...(shakes head)

if you didn't define yourself for yourself you'd be crunched into other peoples fantasies of you an eaten alive.

audre lorde

  

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i've heard of her thanx for sharin' this invisible ink . .
gonna check out her work ~

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they showed us phYsically, we could reach infinitY, but mentally, through the century, we lost our identitY
-Rakim

  

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and i'm still hurt about it.




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The cry I bring down from the hills
__________belongs to a girl still burning
__________inside my head. At daybreak

____________________she burns like a piece of paper. - YK

  

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Who will be missed....

http://worthwatering.blogspot.com
Can it be I stayed away too long?/
Did I leave your mind when I was gone?/
It's not my thing trying to get back/
But this time let me tell you where I'm at-- Jackson Five

  

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ms mimi diva
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10. "run away home"
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Another kindred spirit
has returned to the fold
running on the wind of flight
wrapped in gusts of light
on wings of second sight
the pen
bold in battle
stands
and slays
the ego of man

what is left
is rounded and rooted
sweet like almond trees
and humming
the small sweet nothings
of somethings
in the ear

we drop the pen
for you
and color
the page
celestial
sink our feet
deep beneath your
lost thoughts
that crumble
between our toes

I will yearn for your

earthly, heavenly,
humanly
beautiful

explosion
of eloquence

your imagination
still
sows
fresh thoughts
in used minds

http://worthwatering.blogspot.com
Can it be I stayed away too long?/
Did I leave your mind when I was gone?/
It's not my thing trying to get back/
But this time let me tell you where I'm at-- Jackson Five

  

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