Octavia Butler

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Born Sunday 22 June 1947, died Friday 24 February 2006

Occupation: Writer

Nationality: American

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Filter author quotes by word: science (9), writing (9), fiction (8), people (7), get (5), about (5), wanted (5), fantasy (5), time (3), one (5)

While Fledging is a different type of book, The Parable series serve as cautionary tales. I wrote the Parable books because of the direction of the country. You can call it save the world fiction, but it clearly doesn't save anything.

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What I'm working on now - I'm back to fantasy, although considering that it's me, I'm turning it into a kind of science fantasy. It's a vampire story - but my vampires are biological vampires. They didn't become vampires because someone bit them; they were born that way.

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Religion kept some of my relatives alive, because it was all they had. If they hadn't had some hope of heaven, some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide, their lives were so hellish.

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No, I think the future of humanity will be like the past, we'll do what we've always done and there will still be human beings. Granted, there will always be people doing something different and there are a lot of possibilities.

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I wasn't trying to work out my own ancestry. I was trying to get people to feel slavery. I was trying to get across the kind of emotional and psychological stones that slavery threw at people.

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I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.

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I talked to members of my family, and did some personal research that didn't really have anything to do with the time and place I was writing about, but that gave me a feeling of the experience of being black in a time and place where it was very difficult to be black.

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A workshop is a way of renting an audience, and making sure you're communicating what you think you're communicating. It's so easy as a young writer to think you're been very clear when in fact you haven't.

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So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction, I was very happy with it, because my first interest in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.

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On the other hand, I was very much interested in the way people behaved, the human dance, how they seemed to move around each other. I wanted to play around with that.

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No one was going to stop me from writing and no one had to really guide me towards science fiction. It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.

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Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology, and there I go into geology. It was much more fun to be able to research and write about whatever I wanted to.

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Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to do is follow the rules you've set. But if you're writing about science, you have to first learn what you're writing about.

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Well, writing was what I wanted to do, it was always what I wanted to do. I had novels to write so I wrote them.

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The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open. But it's wide open in a conditional way.

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Science fiction let me do both. It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.

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People have the right to call themselves whatever they like. That doesn't bother me. It's other people doing the calling that bothers me.

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Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you're hurt, you're really on your own. You're alone, and there's no one to help you.

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No... a novel is a long business. I'm a slow writer, even when I'm doing very well I write slowly.

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I would never have been a good scientist - my attention span was too short for that.

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