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Octavia E. Butler Profile Piece

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Published on Jul 23, 2012

"As a child, she said she wanted to be a writer, and they said, you can't be a writer. Black women aren't writers." Octavia E. Butler wrote speculative fiction that urged readers to look at their world in fresh, unfamiliar ways. In this new video, fellow authors Samuel R. Delany, N.K. Jemisin, and friend and agent Merrilee Heifetz speak about the messages Butler imparted through her work."Her stories really weren't about aliens... they were about people," says Jemisin."She was willing to hold up that mirror."

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