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Xenogenesis and the Technical Legal Subject

Kieran Tranter

in Living in Technical Legality: Science Fiction and Law as Technology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474420891
eISBN:
9781474453707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420891.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter argues that a detailed reading of Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Xenogenesis’ series clarifies how, notwithstanding the challenges to its being and its agency by technical legality, responsibility ... More


Childfinder (1947–1971)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's early life and writing career, focusing on her two short stories, “Crossover” (1971) and “Childfinder” (completed 1971, published 2014). It first provides a ... More


Octavia E. Butler

Gerry Canavan

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

“I began writing about power because I had so little,” Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler's life as an African American woman—an alien in American society and among science fiction writers—informed ... More


Psychogenesis (1971–1976)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's writing career during the period 1971–1976, focusing on her early Patternist books, Patternmaster (1976), Mind of My Mind (1977), and Survivor (1978), along ... More


God of Clay (1989–2006)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the two novels in Octavia E. Butler's Parables series, published between 1989–2006: Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998). The Parables series ... More


Beginning at the End

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book examines the life and work of Octavia E. Butler. Butler, who died on February 24, 2006, at the age of 58, left behind an impressive literary legacy of twelve novels and nine short stories ... More


Unexpected Stories

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Octavia E. Butler's literary and cultural legacy. Aside from her novels, interviews, and essays, Butler has contributed to the flourishing of diversity in science fiction from ... More


To Keep Thee in All Thy Ways (1976–1980)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's writing career during the period 1976–1980, focusing on her published works Kindred (1979), “Near of Kin” (1979), and Wild Seed as well as the unpublished ... More


The Training Floor (1987–1989)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the three novels in Octavia E. Butler's Xenogenesis series, published between 1987 and 1989: Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), and Imago (1989). Dawn begins in the aftermath ... More


Blindsight (1980–1987)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's works published between 1980 and 1987, focusing on both her published and unpublished works. It first provides an overview of Butler's career struggles as ... More


Paraclete (1999–2006)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's published and unpublished works during the period 1999–2006. Butler's published works include the short stories “Amnesty” (2003) and “The Book of Martha” ... More


Home of the Extraterrestrial Brothers: Race and African American Science Fiction

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The fifteenth century saw the emergence of complex notions of race, essentially coinciding with European exploration of the Americas. Rather than delve into existing material conditions, science ... More


Staying Mobile in Postapocalyptic Cli-Fi

Jeremy Withers

in Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles: Contesting the Road in American Science Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621754
eISBN:
9781800341357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621754.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how the rising popularity since the 1990s of works of postapocalyptic cli-fi (i.e. climate change fiction) has provided science fiction writers a convenient opportunity to ... More


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