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African American Women Writers

Octavia Butler (1947-2006), American science fiction writer and novelist, is remembered as one of the first successful science fiction writers to make social issues such as race and sex central to her work. As a science fiction writer, she is likely best known for her Patternist series, a collection of five novels set in a futuristic society ruled by telepaths. Butler won many accolades for her work in the science fiction genre, including the Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (colloquially known as a Genius Grant).

Genre: Afrofuturism; Science fiction; Social science fiction

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