Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Born in Pasadena, California, Butler was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Butler found an outlet at the library reading fantasy, and in writing. She began writing science fiction as a teenager. She attended community college during the Black Power movement, and while participating in a local writer's workshop was encouraged to attend the Clarion Workshop, which focused on science fiction. She soon sold her first stories and by the late 1970s had become sufficiently successful as an author that she was able to pursue writing full-time. Her books and short stories drew the favorable attention of the public and awards judges. She also taught writer's workshops, and eventually relocated to Washington state. Butler died of a stroke at the age of 58.
|Born||Octavia Estelle Butler, June 22, 1947, Pasadena, California, U.S.|
|Died||February 24, 2006, Lake Forest Park, Washington, U.S.|
|Notable awards||MacArthur Fellow, Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and others|
|IMDb||Octavia E. Butler's IMDb|
The first American science fiction writer to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, she published such popular titles as Kindred (1979) and Fledgling (2005). She is also known for her Patternist, Lilith's Brood, and Parable series.
She studied at Pasadena City College and California State University, Los Angeles, and she also took writing classes through the University of California-Los Angeles's Extension program.
She won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
Her father died when she was a baby, and she was raised in Pasadena, California by her mother and grandmother.
Junot Diaz once stated that if he could be any other author, he would choose to be Octavia Butler.
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Latest information about Octavia E. Butler updated on June 23 2021.