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Octavia E. Butler


The very first American science fiction writer to get the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, she published such popular titles as Kindred (1979) and Fledgling (2005). She actually is also known on her behalf Patternist, Lilith’s Brood, and Parable series. She analyzed at Pasadena Town University and California Condition University or college, LA, and she also required writing classes with the University or college of California-Los Angeles’s Expansion program. She received both Hugo and Nebula Honours. Her father passed away when she was a baby, and she grew up in Pasadena, California by her mom and grandmother. Junot Diaz once mentioned that when he could possibly be any other writer, he would prefer to get Octavia Butler.

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Full Name Octavia E. Butler
Date Of Birth June 22, 1947
Died February 24, 2006, Lake Forest Park, Washington, United States
Place Of Birth Pasadena, CA
Profession Novelist
Education University of California, Los Angeles, John Muir High School, Pasadena City College, California State University, Los Angeles
Nationality American
Parents Laurice James Butler, Octavia Margaret Guy Butler
Awards MacArthur Fellowship, Nebula Award for Best Novel, Hugo Award for Best Short Story, Hugo Award for Best Novelette, Nebula Award for Best Novelette
Nominations Arthur C. Clarke Award, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Locus Award for Best Short Story, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction, Locus Award for Best Collection, Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Star Sign Cancer

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1She was paralytically shy her entire life.
2She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
3Buried at the beautiful Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, which is in the area of Pasadena, California. This older and historic cemetery is located at 2400 North Fairoaks.
4She began writing at age 10. In 1970 she attended a fantasy writer's workshop in East Lansing, Michigan.
5Was the first African American woman to gain popularity and critical acclaim as a major science-fiction writer, championed by and protégée of Harlan Ellison.
6Received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena City College. She then attended California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
7In 1995, she became the first science-fiction writer to be awarded the MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, which paid her US$295,000 over a 5-year period. The award is given annually to people who challenge and expand the boundaries of their chosen fields.
8Daughter of Laurice and Octavia M. "Guy" Butler, she was the only child of five pregnancies that her mother was able to carry to full term.



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1I'm...comfortably asocial -- a hermit in the middle of Seattle -- a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a Black [person], a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.

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