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Kirsten  (kmcripn) Stumbled across this story this morning:

Two recently discovered stories by the great Octavia Butler will be published as an e-book this June by Open Road Integrated Media. Butler, who died in 2006, wrote genre-breaking science fiction at a time when it was almost exclusively the preserve of white men. Butler's longtime agent Merrilee Heifetz found the two early stories among Butler's papers at the Huntington Library. Open Road describes the first story, a novella called A Necessary Being: "Tahneh's father was a Hao, one of a dwindling race whose leadership abilities render them so valuable that their members are captured and forced to govern. When her father dies, Tahneh steps into his place, both chief and prisoner, and for twenty years has ruled without ever meeting another of her kind. She bears her loneliness privately until the day that a Hao youth is spotted wandering into her territory. As her warriors sharpen their weapons, Tahneh must choose between imprisoning the newcomer — and living the rest of her life alone." Open Road says that in "Childminder," the second story, "a disaffected telepath connects with a young girl in a desperate attempt to help her harness her growing powers. But in the richly evocative fiction of Octavia E. Butler, mentorship is a rocky path, and every lesson comes at a price. " Butler's novels are otherworldly, but also deeply familiar. As she told The New York Times in an interview: "When I say these things in my novels, sure I make up the aliens and all of that, but I don't make up the essential human character."

Carolyn (seeford) | 12 comments Great news, thanks!
I'll be looking for the release... :)

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Trinity (snappingturtle) | 11 comments Very nice!

LindaJ^ (lindajs) | 260 comments That's great! Butler is a favorite.

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