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Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Bloodchildren is a fundraiser for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund and features stories from previous recipients.


Table of Contents:

Nalo Hopkinson - Introduction

Before Conception
Octavia E. Butler - Speech Sounds
Vonda N. McIntyre - Octavia Estelle Butler

2007
Christopher Caldwell - My Love Will Never Die
Shweta Narayan - Falling into the Earth

2008
Caren Gussoff -
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Sherwood Smith
There were only two stories in this anthology that didn't work for me, three I thought terrific (I still get images from them a week after reading them) and the others I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the two was because horror just isn't my cuppa, and the other had nifty ideas, but the execution never achieved liftoff for me.

But otherwise? A guy whose family constantly hexes him, the worst being grandma who is dead, but that doesn't stop her . . . airship battles over nineteenth century America wi
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Claudia Piña
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Todavía recuerdo la primera vez que leí a Octavia, hace ya varios años. Fue como descubrir un género literario completamente nuevo, a pesar de que todo mundo la seguimos clasificando como sci-fi o SF. No puedo ni imaginar lo que debe significar alguien como ella para toda esa gente a quien más representa, esa gente que tuvo que buscar por años para encontrarse a si misma en las páginas de una obra como las de Butler. Y es hermoso que estos autores y autoras aprovechen y continúen lo que ella emp ...more
Kat
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: speculative fiction fans, SFF, those interested in innovative and original stories
What a great anthology! Some truly engaging, intelligent, absorbing short stories. The excellent stories outnumbered those that didn't work for me or felt rough (it was only two really that I didn't get into), and the rest were really good stories. One wonderful aspect of this anthology is the range of tones, modes, story types, and writing styles. And even though they are so varied (maybe because of?) they all work together. My favorites:
"Dancing in the Shadow of the Once" by Rochita Loenen-Rui
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Sunil
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2013
Bloodchildren features stories by writers of color sponsored by a scholarship instituted in Octavia Butler's name, hence their designation as "Octavia E. Butler Scholars." The stories are diverse in voice and character, and, although there were a couple I couldn't get into at all, I felt positively about most of them. "Falling into the Earth," by Shweta Narayan, looks at a relationship that parallels that of Rama and Sita in the Ramayana, for better and for worse. "Impulse," by Mary Elizabeth Bu ...more
Yi An
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic (heh) collection of short story.
One of my favourites is "Steal the Sky" by Erik Owomoyela. Awesome things about this story include:
- zeppelins
- beaver in a mechanical suit
- writing fantasy discrimination in a way that doesn't dismiss real-life racism

"Falling Into the Earth" by Shweta Narayan and "Legendaire." by Kai Ashante Wilson also really stood out for me.

Alex
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I appreciate the craftsmanship here, but I was hoping for more Bloodchild and less fantastical stories. There’s some good stuff here, it just never really jammed my buttons.

“Speech Sounds” is a classic by Butler that highlights the importance of (and shows off her mastery of) communication. “Falling Into the Earth” by Shweta Narayan was a really sweet story of love and the impacts of addiction. “Steal the Sky” is a briskly paced nicely inhabited steampunk weird west tale. “/sit” is not what I wa
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Irfon-kim
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I initially bought this book because the purchase (only $8.01) supported a good cause (the Octavia E. Butler scholarship). That it might be an okay read was kind of gravy.

Fortunately, it turned out to not only be okay, but to be mostly very good. Like any short story anthology, there are some winner and some duds (and which one you consider to be in each category is likely to vary from person to person). I felt that a few of the stories were exceedingly rough. However, a larger number of the sto
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Jonathan
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of eclectic speculative fiction.
Thoroughly recommended - in the fine spirit of Octavia Butler.
Sara
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
several amazing stories in this collection. lots of fun to read and a convincing case for supportig the octavia butler memorial scholarship program!
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