Octavia Butler

Seattle Times

An Octavia Butler story 10 years in the making — and even more relevant now

FOR MOST OF my life, I knew of Octavia Butler in only a vague, ambient sense, only as a name, unattached to any particular work or ethos. Then in 2012 I interviewed Ishmael Butler (no relation to Octavia), a Seattle-based musician and generational talent known for his hip-hop groups Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets.
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Seattle Times

In Lake Forest Park, Octavia Butler could ‘read, ponder and dream’

NINETY YEARS BEFORE Octavia Butler moved in 1999 from sunny Pasadena, California, to Lake Forest Park, 10 miles north of Seattle, then-real-estate developer and future Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson (1874-1940) envisioned a neighborhood that would provide an escape from frenetic city life. In a promotional pamphlet, Hanson described an environment removed from “the sordid commercialism of today.”
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Seattle Times

The expanding orbit of Seattle science fiction writer Octavia Butler

OCTAVIA BUTLER LIVED the last seven years of her life in a modest midcentury home in Lake Forest Park, a bedroom community northeast of Seattle. On a high hillside overlooking Lake Washington, the neighborhood comprises mostly comfortable, unshowy ranch-style houses buffered by big yards and gardens and marvelously tall trees. Butler’s former home is now painted gray on gray and occupied by a family of four.
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Seattle Times

A close friend and road-trip buddy learned a lot from Octavia Butler

IT WAS GREAT to do fun things with Octavia because she was genuinely interested in everything and present in the moment. She loved exploring the mountains and going on hikes, and a weekend trip we took to the ocean turned out to be the first time she had gone to the beach since she was a child.
Seattle Times

Neighbor Terry Morgan says Octavia Butler was ‘as normal as you could imagine’

I HONESTLY HAVEN’T read many of her books, but I’ve read a lot about her, because I’m almost more fascinated about her as a person than her work. Because we were neighborhood acquaintances. I lived right down the street. I’d see her walking from the bus stop carrying armloads of groceries, so I started off asking, “Would you like a ride?”
The Daily

Book review: ‘Parable of the Sower’ by Octavia Butler

Editor’s note: Page Against the Machine is a biweekly column exploring literature and the UW community’s thoughts on them. Despite its 1993 publishing date, there is perhaps no book as imminently necessary as Octavia Butler’s Afro-futurist masterwork “Parable of the Sower.” With knifepoint clarity, this book discusses climate change, corporate dominion, late-stage capitalism, and racial inequality.

At CAW, Artists Commune With Octavia Butler

Al Larriva-Latt Photos. All work by the artists. An inflatable plastic form lies inert on the lower level of the gallery at Creative Arts Workshop. It is white, featureless, and massive, with limbs, arms, and a head. On the back wall, there is more plastic; inexpensive sheeting drapes from the ceiling to floor. With black magic marker, the artist Moshopefoluwa "Mosho" Olagunju has scrawled a sprawling network of nooses upon it. Captivity and death waft from the plastic.

Community Library Notes: Kindred by Octavia Butler

“Kindred” by Octavia Butler is the story of Dana, a young black woman who travels through time and place. Butler, born in Pasadena, California, in 1947, is one of the few female authors to write in the science-fiction genre. A boy named Rufus is drowning in a river, and Dana goes from her home in California to give him artificial respiration as his mother screams for help. Later Dana sees Rufus as an older boy setting the drapes of his mansion house on fire because he’s angry at his father. When she asks, he tells Dana they were in Maryland in 1815. he uses his whip on horses and “niggers.” This boy could be one of Dana’s ancestors, her great grandfather? Rufus sees a resemblance to Alice Greenwood, who might have been married to Rufus, who is white. Alice is free like her mother was.