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Posted on Monday, March 13, 2006 - 01:50 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why do you think there was so litle,if any media coverage of Octavia Butler's death? When was the funeral? Do you suppose it might have been her directive,given that she was reported to be reclusive?
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Posted on Monday, March 13, 2006 - 01:53 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No, not her directive. You have no choice over how little or how much the media covers you.

She was black, unattractive and they never wanted her talent hyped in the first place. Sci-Fi is a white man's genre and she was dominating it.




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Roxie
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Posted on Monday, March 13, 2006 - 05:44 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"She was black, unattractive and they never wanted her talent hyped in the first place. "

Makes me worry about my OWN writing career. O_O'
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 07:56 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I feel bad that I don't know who Octavia Butler was. She is from my hoemtown of Pasadena, Ca. She used to go to my school(P.C.C). I wish I could have met her
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Jackie
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 08:03 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sent from a contact of mine:
Last week, I attended a memorial for Octavia Butler at Eso Won Books
here in LA. Friends and fans gathered to share memories and to read
from "Kindred," "Parable of the Sower," and her many other works.

As an artist she was very intentional about fostering the optimum
setting to unravel her genius. Those who knew her spoke of a woman who
uprooted her life whenever her craft led her to do so; one writer
friend mentioned not talking to her for several months/not being able
to find her and then one day finding out she'd gone to the Amazon to
study nature/mating habits for her next book. Wow!

Like many, I am moved by her commitment to words. In the midst of long
bouts with writer's block, she eeked out otherworldy realms that defy
the genre of "science fiction" or even "speculative fiction." In
essence, she created her own religion. If you haven't already, I'd
invite you to check out her work.


Some write-ups and dedications:

http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid26237.asp

http://www.slate.com/id/2137269/

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=6360

http://www.houstonvoice.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=5396
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Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 03:07 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the feedback. Had been a (an?) Octavia fan for years when I had the opportunity to attend one of her readings. Was very surprised at her very masuline apperance. Surprissed again that in the articles she is identified as a lesbian. Given her apperance, it should not surprise me, but I ain't very bright. Thanks Again
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Roxie
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Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 - 03:40 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just got back from volunteer work at the local shelter. Two of the ladies there are reading "Kindred".

Just thought I'd mention that. ^_^

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