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VIDEO: N.K. Jemisin on the Significance of Octavia E. Butler’s “Dawn”

In this video, N.K. Jemisin talks about the impact and significance of Octavia E. Butler’s classic science fiction novel Dawn, the first novel of the Xenogenesis trilogy (also known as Lilith’s Brood, which also is comprised of Adulthood Rites and Imago), which was first published 25 years ago.

In case you haven’t read it, here’s what it’s about:

Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth—the last stage of the planet’s final war. Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali—who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction. They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth. Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before.

The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations—whether their new hosts like it or not. For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited. Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet’s untamed wilderness. But their children will not be human. Not exactly.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

…and here’s the video…

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2 Comments on VIDEO: N.K. Jemisin on the Significance of Octavia E. Butler’s “Dawn”

  1. Octavia Butler is a writer who died far before her time, and the only one I can think of who won a MacArthur Grant AND a Hugo…

  2. A novel I happen to have just finished teaching yesterday. My students overwhelmingly liked it, which is pretty cool. 🙂

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