I had the honor of meeting Octavia Butler at the American Library Association convention in New York City fifteen years ago. She was one of the friendliest, funniest, most unpretentious, gracious authors I’ve ever met. At her panel, she got up and said (as nearly as I can recollect), “A lot of science fiction is concerned with the Other. As a six-foot-tall, African-American lesbian, I’ve always known how what it feels like to be the Other.” I remember reading her story, “Blood Child,” when it first appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. She stated that she was concerned with the notion of “the pregnant man.” “Blood Child” is one of the most shocking stories I’ve ever read in any genre.

The ALA folks that year were also some of the most author-friendly, gracious convention organizers I’ve dealt with. I actually had a good time.

So there you have it, my friends. During this weekend when Americans are concerned about racial issues, you may wish to check out the acclaimed, award-winning work of Octavia Butler. There isn’t a lot of it, and she died a few years ago in her early sixties.

New! Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, and Smashwords (all other readers including Kobo, Sony, and Apple). Short fantasy and science fiction by Lisa Mason published in magazines and anthologies worldwide.

From the author of Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) on Nook, US Kindle, UK Kindle, and Smashwords, The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on Nook, Kindle, Smashwords, and UK Kindle, Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook, Kindle, Smashwords, and UK Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Nook, Kindle, Smashwords, and UK Kindle.

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