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Christina's LIS Rant
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
  Octavia Butler, 1947-2006
via LISnews.

She was really very young. When I heard this I thought of the wonderful episode of Closer to Truth on PBS where she, Brin and Crichton discussed science fiction. The host asked her how she wants to be remembered:
How do you think you'll be remembered?
They're going to say that I'm a black science fiction writer, or I'm a feminist scientist fiction writer or something, you know. People have to have these labels because it's a shorthand way to, well, failing to think. You know, you don't have to read my stuff if you already know what I am. Comfy.
I like this quote, too:
Did you major in science in school?
Oh, I don't have a science background, but I do know where the library is, and that's pretty much what I've leaned on all my career
 
Comments:
She was among my favorite authors, and I've always felt her work deserves far more attention. Why aren't students regularly reading her work in class (at least they weren't when I was in school!) Other than a post on BoingBoing yesterday, I haven't seen much in the news yet. She will be missed.
 
They are assigning her work now -- or at least they were when I worked in a public library.

This hasn't been covered on the news and that's a shame.
 
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