"IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BUTLER, YOU DON'T YET UNDERSTAND HOW RICH THE POSSIBILITIES OF SCIENCE FICTION CAN BE" (MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION)
BUTLER, Octavia. Blood Child. New York and London: Four Walls Eight Windows, (1995). Small octavo, original yellow paper-covered boards, original dust jacket. $1400.
First edition of this collection of short stories, signed on the title page by Octavia Butler.
Butler, who died in 2006, stands as "a pioneer, an icon and one of America's best writers… the first Black female science fiction writer to reach national prominence, and the only writer in her genre to receive a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship" (Bates, "Octavia Butler"). In her Hugo and Nebula award-winning works, Butler used "the genre as a powerful means of speaking to a range of issues including race, gender and the environment" (Los Angeles Times).