Academics: Faculty

Cosby Chair Tananarive Due Presents: The Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts & Activism

The culminating event brings together the speculative fiction and film communities to discuss the legacy of Octavia E. Butler; the intersection of Afrofuturism, social justice and Butler’s body of work; and how science fiction can help create a better world. The event will also highlight select science fiction films made for and about people of color.

Octavia Butler Celebration Photo Gallery


Google Hangout Virtual Writing Workshop

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006), who won a MacArthur Genius Grant as well as Hugo and Nebula awards, was a pioneer and one of the nation's most beloved standard bearers in the realm of social science fiction.

Her novels, which include Patternmaster and Parable of the Sower, are well-researched and deeply thoughtful meditations on power dynamics and community building between colliding populations of humans, mentally enhanced humans, and alien species. Her strong, complex heroines have resonated with readers for decades.