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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 S
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published August 2017
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I am really proud to be a VERY tiny part of this amazing book written in honor of Octavia Butler. (In my own essay, I talk about the influence she had on me as a teacher at Clarion West. I am so grateful to her for it and always will be. And if you haven't read her books yet? READ THEM. She was AMAZING. My very favorite of all of her books is Kindred, but every single one is striking and powerful and thought-provoking.) ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a celebration of Octavia E. Butler as an author, a visionary thinker, a person who never failed to encourage others to dare and create. It is heart-deep and reaches out to people from different backgrounds, different generations, cultures, zeitgeists. It was a pleasure to join this celebration as a reader.
Bonnie McDaniel
This book drives home, once again, what a tremendous loss Octavia E. Butler's death was. Much has been made about how her "Parable" books predicted, in many respects, the rise of our execrable President. I wish Octavia was here to commiserate with the rest of us about his election, and write thoughtful, heartfelt essays about what to do next and how to go on...but the writers in this collection seem eminently capable of picking up her torch and carrying it.

Some of the essays here brings the rea
Shannon Clark
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of letters from writers to Octavia Butler celebrating her life and influence. Each letter is both a testament to her influence and an insight into each of the writers. The letters were mostly written in 2016 nearly a decade after her death and are a bit of a snapshot of that moment in time as well (just after the Nov election). Reading this in 2020 while sheltering in place has been difficult if also ultimately hopeful.
Morgan Dhu
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal, is a collection of tributes, homages, memories, essays and other writings in honour of this vastly influential, respected and beloved author. It follows in the vein of other recent collections honouring James Tiptree Jr, aka Alice Sheldon, and Samuel “Chip” Delany.

Alexandra Pierce says in her Introduction to the collection:

“This book collects some of the ways people relate and connect to Butler, w
Apr 03, 2018 marked it as own-but-unread
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Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Catching a glimpse of someone's life through others' impressions of them can be a fraught exercise. But this collection of letters to, essays about and an interview with Octavia E. Butler offers a multitude of perspectives -- friends, students, and readers, forming a picture that may not be complete, but is comprehensive. A lovely, timely tribute to a visionary writer. ...more
total must-read for octavia fans: webs of her impact on other writers, stories about her & her life & approach to writing from those who knew her, and a little lit crit.
I loved this tribute to one of my all time favorite writers.

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Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 50-poc, memoir
Reading the reactions and emotions so many authors have about Butler made me want to reread all her works. Again.
Nicholas Whyte
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it

Luminescent Threads, in a similar format to Letters to Tiptree and sharing an editor, brings together short pieces by almost fifty writers about the effect that Butler's writing had on them, including several who have attended the Clarion writers' workshop thanks to the scholarship established in Butler's name. Most of the pieces were written in the immediate aftermath of the Trump victory and inauguration, and many of the writers were still reeling in
André Caniato
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital-library
i wasn't sure about writing this review or not, but here we go! luminescent threads really is a beautiful, beautiful book, undoubtedly so. but it's also kind of... samey? and it's no one's fault, really, it really isn't, every letter here is heartfelt and sweet, and i truly believe that every author involved spoke from the heart, but it does get a little tiring after the tenth narration of very similar experiences.

having said that... octavia butler. what can i say? she just had it, she did. what
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNFed 2 November 2019

There's nothing wrong with this book, it's just that I don't think I've read enough Butler myself to fully appreciate all the tributes, and there is a certain sameness to them, because Butler and her work reached so any people. I'm tidying up my currently-reading pile as we get closer to the end of the year and I recognise I'm not going to get back to this one.

Don't let my stopping, stop you. This is not a bad book.
Amy David
I was expecting more along the lines of creative non-fic, and this is not that. Some interesting essays, but not something I'm ever going to commit to reading all the way through. ...more
Elizabeth Stephens
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I may be biased as I'm a contributor ;) ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Recommended reading for all fans of Octavia E. Butler.
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