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This anthology celebrates the work and exploring the influence and legacy of the brilliant Octavia E. Butler. Author Nisi Shawl and scholar Rebecca J. Holden have joined forces to bring together a mix of scholars and writers, each of whom values Butlers work in their own particular ways. As the editors write in their introduction: Strange Matings seeks to continue Butlers ...more
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Published July 1st 2013 by Aqueduct Press
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Alexandra
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Published by Aqueduct Press, this remarkable book is a tribute to Octavia Butler. It includes personal reminiscences; photos; a poem; a transcript of a conversation with Butler; and the bulk is made up of academic essays - most of which are also somewhat personal.

I've read Butler's Xeongenesis/Lilith's Brood trilogy, but a long time ago... and that's about it. Maybe some short stories as well? It's one of those cases of 'I've always meant to read more...'. So it was a bit of a weird experience
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ONYX Pages
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow.

I'm so glad that I purchased and read this book. This was my only read for Nonfiction November and I'm glad that it was. Octavia E Butler is an exceptional writer. She now exists only in the ancestral realm, but she's remembered by many and continues to inspire new generations of science fiction writers, activists and Afrofuturists.

This was a wonderful anthology of academic writing, life writing, personal essays, poetry, and photography commemorating the genius of Octavia E Butler. Many
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Karin
Aug 17, 2017 added it
This is not the book for me right at this moment. I need to read more Butler first. And if you're wondering if you should read this:

-If you read a lot of Butler and enjoy academic insights into literature, Yes!
-If you haven't read a lot of Butler and still enjoy academic writing and perspective, Maybe
Renee
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i didn't actually read all of this book, just the essays about Butler's Parable books, in preparation for attending Toshi and Bernice Johnson Reagon's opera "Parable of the Sower." the essays were excellent and of a wide variety of styles and approaches. i have read only one of Butler's books to date, and now i want to go on a binge!
Morgan Dhu
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, edited by Rebecca J. Holden and Nisi Shawl, is a collection of essays and other works exploring communication, contact, power, community, boundaries, sexuality, reproduction and related issues in Octavia Butler's writing. As Constant Reader may recall, Butler is one of my 'touchstone' writers, the ones whose work I keep thinking about and seeing influences and traces of her in other works, so you would
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Inda
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I may include a review on my blog but for now I'll just say this is well worth it for anyone inside and outside academia as well as Octavia Butler fans.
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