Octavia E. Butler, 6/22/1947 - 2/25/2006

Author Elizabeth Bear reports in her journal that Octavia Butler passed away this weekend as the result of a stroke.

In 1995, Butler became the first science fiction writer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." Her novel Parable of the Talents won the Nebula Award for best novel in 2000. She also received both a Nebula and a Hugo award for her novelette "Bloodchild," collected in Bloodchild, and Other Stories, and won a Hugo in 1984 for her story "Speech Sounds."

In a 2000 interview with Locus Magazine, Butler said, "There are a number of myths we live by. For instance, the myth of 'away,' as in 'I'll throw it away.' Where's that? There's no such place. It's going somewhere."

Octavia Butler may have left us, gone "away," but she has left a strong body of work behind, and she will be missed.


Wild Seed is one of my favorite books. Yes, she will definitely be missed.

I feel as if I lost a friend. She had a bold imagination and gathered everyday words together to create something new.