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214 pages, Paperback
First published August 1, 1995
’The only difference between the way they treated me and the way the aliens treated me during the early years of my captivity was that the so-called human beings knew when they were hurting me…It mattered more than I know how to tell you that this time my tormentors were my own people.’
‘It’s too easy to follow bad but attractive leaders, embrace pleasurable but destructive habits, ignore looming disaster because maybe it won’t happen after all—or maybe it will only happen to other people. That kind of thinking is part of what it means to be adolescent.’
’What good is any form of literature to Black people?...At its best, science fiction stimulates imagination and creativity. It gets reader and writer off the beaten track, off the narrow, narrow footpath of what ‘everyone’ is saying, doing, thinking—whoever ‘everyone’ happens to be this year.’
‘forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.’
The truth is, I hate short story writing. Trying to do it has taught me much more about frustration and despair than I ever wanted to know.Bloodchild and Other Stories is a collection of seven short stories and two essays on writing that was published in 2005. The first five short stories, written between 1971 and 1984, had been published as a collection before.
After a long struggle, I made some of them work as novels. Which is what they should have been all along. I am essentially a novelist. [...] And yet, every now and then one of my short stories really is a short story. The five stories in this collection really are short stories. I've never been tempted to turn them into novels.And, with the exception of "Bloodchild", I really agree with her. Butler managed to write perfectly fine, self-contained short stories. Sure, sometimes you're left wanting more because the world she created is so fascinating, but almost all of the stories of the collection make perfect sense within themselves and don't leave the reader frustrated. For me, "Bloodchild" is a bit of a different case because even though I loved the story for its themes (LOVED IT, LOVED IT A LOT), I still feel like it should've at least been a novella.