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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.

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mew2K2JPJOo)

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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!