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“Writers use everything. We can’t help it. Whatever touches us touches our writing.”*…

How a teenager anxious to launch a sci-fi zine helped birth one of Octavia Butler’s most important essays…

Science fiction writer Octavia Estelle Butler, who passed away 15 years ago, would have celebrated her 74th birthday on June 22 of this year. She was a prolific author of 15 novels and the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.” I knew Octavia when I was a teenager. Although my behavior with her was appalling at times, the result of our brief interaction turned out to be more meaningful and enduring than I could have imagined…

A wonderful story about a wonderful writer: “Octavia Butler and the Pimply, Pompous Publisher.”

* Octavia Butler

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As we are grateful that the Butler did it, we might recall that it was on this date in 1954 that J. R. R. Tolkien published The Fellowship of the Ring, a sequel to The Hobbit (published 17 years earlier) and the first volume in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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July 29, 2021 at 1:00 am

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