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#100Days100Women Day 75: Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler was a science fiction writer and essayist. Her work dealt frankly with issues of race, gender and sex, and greatly expanded the voice of marginalized people in Sci-Fi. She won Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards, and was the first Science-Fiction writer to receive the MacArthur “Genius” Grant.

Something has gone terribly wrong with the earth’s orbit, but modern gender roles are still pretty much intact.

A sinister representative from a mining corporation with a near-total monopoly on whatever the made-up-sounding mineral that powers spaceships is sends you on a simple-sounding mission. What you think is the mission is in fact not the mission at all; your new mission is to figure out the actual mission and to thwart it before it lays eggs.

You tame the most dangerous beast living on an alien planet with a single biome. The locals tried to master the beast for thousands of years, but you nailed it in about a week.

The true meaning of this silent, ancient ziggurat will at last be revealed, if you could just translate the pictograms.




So excited to show ‘Pumzi’ (Wanuri Kahiu, 2009) to my students tomorrow. One of my favourite sci-fi films, genius Afrofuturism, and an amazing example of what you can do with a short. Bring on the feature already!