Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler

Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler


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Luminescent Threads celebrates Octavia E. Butler, a pioneer of the Science Fiction genre who paved the way for future African American writers and other writers of colour.

Original essays and letters sourced and curated for this collection explore Butler’s depiction of power relationships, her complex treatment of race and identity, and her impact on feminism and women in Science Fiction.

Follow the luminescent threads that connect Octavia E. Butler and her body of work to the many readers and writers who have found inspiration in her words, and the complex universes she created.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781922101440
Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Pages: 434
Sales rank: 814,439
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Alexandra Pierce

Introduction by Mimi Mondal


Alaya Dawn Johnson: Dear Octavia

Sheree Renée Thomas: Dear Octavia, Octavia E. Butler, Ms. Butler, Mother of Changes

Karen Lord: Writing the World into Being

Nisi Shawl: My One-And-Only Octavia

Moya Bailey: Dear Octavia

Tara Betts: Dear Octavia

Z.M. Qùynh: Octavia Butler – Master Cultural Translator


Ben H. Winters: We Could Have Used You This Year

Hoda Zaki: Dear Octavia

Brenda Tyrrell: Dear Ms Butler

Connie Samaras: Dear Octavia

Jennifer Marie Brissett: Dear Ms. Butler

Rebecca J. Holden: ‘Let’s Dwell a Little’: The Trickster Within Octavia E. Butler

Andrea Hairston: Not Just Tearing Down the House (reprinted with permission from Daughters of Earth: Female Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century, 2006)


Jewelle Gomez: The Final Frontier

Sophia Echavarria: Dear Octavia

Tiara Janté: Thank You For Being Fearless: A Letter to Octavia E. Butler

K. Ceres Wright: Dear Octavia

Valjeanne Jeffers: Themes of Power, Family and Change in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed

Raffaella Baccolini: Nationalism, Reproduction, And Hybridity In Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Bloodchild’

Tuere T. S. Ganges: Dear Octavia

Cat Sparks: War Is Very Popular These Days

Joan Slonczewski: Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy: A Biologist’s Response (reprinted with permission; 2000)

Elizabeth Stephens: Ode to Octavia

Aurelius Raines II: A Missive From The Last Stall

Jeffrey Allen Tucker: Dear Octavia Butler

Paul Weimer: Dear Ms. Butler

Gerry Canavan: Disrespecting Octavia

Ruth Salvaggio: Octavia Butler and the Black Science Fiction Heroine (reprinted with permission from Black American Literature Forum, Vol 18, No 2, Summer 1984)

Sandra Y. Govan: Connections, Links, and Extended Networks: Patterns in Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction (reprinted with permission from Black American Literature Forum, Vol 18, No 2, Summer 1984)


Kathleen Kayembe: The Butler Effect

Jeremy Sim: Dear Octavia

Mary Elizabeth Burroughs: Dear Ms. Butler

Indra Das: Dear Octavia E. Butler

Lisa Bennett Bolekaja: Dear Octavia


Christopher Caldwell: Dear Octavia E. Butler

Hunter Liguore: Facing Dyslexia: A Letter to Octavia Butler

Joyce Chng: Missives Through The Multiverse: Ephemeral Letters To Octavia Butler

Stephen R. Gold: Ms. Butler

Michele Tracy Berger: Dear Octavia

Rachel Swirsky: God is Change

Stephanie Burgis: Dear Octavia


Bogi Takács: Dear Octavia

Asata Radcliffe: All That You Change

Nnedi Okorafor: (reprinted with permission from Strange Matings, 2013)

K. Tempest Bradford: Dear Ms. Butler

Kate Gordon: Dear Ms. Butler

Cat Rambo: Dear Octavia

Amanda Emily Smith: Dear Octavia

Vonda N. McIntyre, Sandra Y. Govan, Jeffrey Allen Tucker, Veronica Hollinger, Sweta Narayan, Marleen S. Barr and Joan Gordon: Reflections on Octavia Butler (reprinted with permission from Science Fiction Studies, Volume 37, Number 3, November 2010)

Alex Jennings: To Octavia Butler, Elsewhere

Cassandra Brennan: Dear Ms. Butler

L. Timmel Duchamp: A Letter to Octavia Butler

Rasha Adbulhadi: Dear Kindred Teacher

Steven Barnes: Dear Octavia


Science Fiction Studies Memorial


An interview with Octavia Butler

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