Octavia Butler

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Kindred (Beacon)
Although Octavia Butler was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (-genius- grant-) in 1995 because of her science fiction, she does not consider her breakthrough novel, Kindred, to be sci-fi. Indeed, Butler celebrates the 25th anniversary of that book with a review of the many paradoxes that surround her work: contradictions and reversals that have placed her among the distinguished literary novelists of our time.