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Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
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Sep 07, 10

Read in September, 2009

Lilith's Brood is a collected trilogy of novels by Octavia Butler. Butler deftly sets up a future where mankind has all but destroyed the planet in nuclear war. From the very brink of utter destruction, mankind is saved by an alien race which gathers the remaining humans and heals them and holds them in stasis as the Earth is healed.

Lilith is one such human, who upon awakening aboard the alien ship is eventually told the price of humanity's salvation. The aliens mean to blend with humanity, genetically. Lilith is chosen to be the alien's ambassador to her own people. But will they accept her leadership, and does she even want to lead? Will she fight or will she help usher in a new species, one where the children are far different from their parents.

Butler is a writer of amazing talent and imagination. With clear, direct language, she unfolds a story where mankind is offered complete salvation from its self imposed extinction, but at a price many may not accept. As with her excellent, but quite different, novel Wild Seed, Butler deals with questions of sexuality and gender with frankness, imagination, and compassion, and through her work explores not only what humanity is, but also what we may become.

The single volume Lilith's Brood contains the complete novels Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago and is a must-read not only for sci-fi fans but for any lovers of good storytelling.
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