Octavia Butler is deemed to be a visionary among futurists, according to CNN’s Emanuella Grinberg. During a time in the latter half of the 1900s when the realm of science-fiction writers was dominated by an industry of mostly white dominated writers and she rose to shine as an African-American science fiction writer. She experienced poverty as a child, and found peace through writing. From a very young age when switching around temporary jobs, she expressed her future career goals through journaling. She had a vision for herself to become a bestselling writer. Butler’s big break came in 1979 with the release of her novel “Kindred.” The journey to publish this book was long and one with plenty of obstacles, but that did not stop her from reaching to fulfill her dream.
In her novels, Butler often incorporated characters who were not accredited in history and left out. She included black characters and struggles of communities that she went to research early on. Furthermore, she actively discussed not only social differences, but cultural differences as well. She incorporated these differences to highlight the presence of the interconnectivity of humans. Her work appeals greatly to marginalized communities and activists to work to fight the issues she touched upon through her creative writing skills in the science fiction world.
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