Hey, eBook readers!
Amazon’s Kindle daily deal today is Kindred by Octavia Butler, which is selling for $2.99!
Here’s the description:
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
Note: Kindle books can be read on by downloading the Kindle software for computers and smartphones, or directly on a Kindle device.
This deal is also available for the Nook platform. (The iTunes version is currently sitting at $14.99.)
(Note: this is part of a series in which I discuss works of the contributors to The Other Half of the Sky. Links to other entries in the series appear at the end of this discussion.)
Bloodchildren is a collection of eleven stories by the recipients of the Carl Brandon scholarship, established in Octavia Butler’s honor to enable SFF writers of color to attend one of the Clarion workshops. The stories were edited by Nisi Shawl, herself a practitioner of many literary arts; they’re front-ended by a haunting cover by Laurie Toby Edison, by moving testimonials from Nalo Hopkinson and Vonda McIntyre and by Butler’s story “Speech Sounds”.
The collection is titled after Butler’s groundbreaking story “Bloodchild”, one of the most original and disquieting explorations of interspecies contact: spacefaring humans stranded on a planet with its own advanced sentient species have been reduced to breeding vessels along the lines of hosts for parasitic wasps or the Alien über-predator, though they generally survive the ordeal. Men are preferred as incubators so that women can produce more breeders, although bonds of reciprocal need, loyalty and affection have slowly developed between humans and their native masters.
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YouTube user Th9Dave has been posting some gems lately. In addition to the recent audio memorial of
Charles Beaumont by Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Roger Anker, and Chris Beaumont, he’s posted even more. These come from Hour 25, a radio program focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and science that ran from 1972 to 2000. It has been hosted at various times by Mike Hodel, Harlan Ellison, Steven Barnes, Arthur Byron Cover, and J. Michael Straczynski.
Below you can find audio interview snippets with Steven Barnes, Octavia Butler, Terry Dowling, David Gerrold, Tim Powers and Jim Blaylock, and Robert Silverberg.
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Here are some clips of Octavia Butler. This is from a panel discussion at UCLA in 2002, moderated by Arthur Cover. The full panel is on Frank Herbert’s Dune DVD.
[via The World in the Satin Bag]