Collected in this slim volume is the entire output of short fiction from the pen of MacArthur Award winner Butler (Parable of the Sower). “I hate short story writing, ”. Bloodchild has ratings and reviews. carol. said: Dear Ms. Butler:I feel the same way about bearing rol. Ok, for real: t. Bloodchild and Other Stories has ratings and reviews. i’ve read several octavia e butler books. and found that i never noticed before that i had read.

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In “Amnesty,” Noah, the main character, meets with prospective human employees for the Communities, an alien species that has taken over Earth’s desert areas. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

She later adds that once the people wake up from these dreams, they become aware of their potential.

In all of the stories Butler’s characters are absolutely convincing, and her story-telling is so smooth that you never need time to get adjusted to the story, even when you are dropped right in the middle of the action.

Gan accepts her egg into his body as a continuation of this cycle. For example, the relationship between the Tlic and Terrans may be interpreted as symbolic of the struggles between human groups who see each other as essentially different, yet who are forced to live together, such as racial groups in the United States and many other places in the world.


Miss Butler’s grave, anyone? We are used as house pets, “friends” and as a vessel for their reproduction. Although the middle in particular is quite horrific, the story ends on a note of hope bloodchil the future.

Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler

But she does mention that she was very shy, but she did mature into a pillar of strength and an inspiration for many writers and readers. Hey, what is this book? The Tlic control the planet, which is after all theirs, but they make special provisions for Terrans because the Tlic species is dependent on them for survival.

Aug 26, Negativni rated it really liked it.

Bloodchild and Other Stories

She pulls this knotted, nasty, tangled web of characters out of anything from a bus ride or disease. Jen Here’s a list someone else put together! There are also two essays included in the book, my favorite of which was Positive Obsession. Bloodchild was a nice compromise between cohabiting and surviving, with touches of fear, bloodchilr and disgust.

The Evening and the Morning and the Night. Full Random Comments review This uncomfortable resigned human-alien cohabitation view spoiler [with no apparent plan for payback or retaliation hide spoiler ] is one I have not often seen and made for a really good introduction to Octavia Butler. Print hardcover, trade paperback.

Now she works for the aliens, recruiting humans to serve in their now-harmless experiments. Refresh and try again.

Bloodchild: And Other Stories

Buyler edition has more stories. Butler is known primarily as a novelist and her formidable critical reputation has been won on the strength of her Patternist and Xenogenesis series books.


There’s not really any excuse not to read Bloodchildas it is quite short and available for free on amazon. If it was not written by Butler I would have hated it.

They supply humans with a nourishing, intoxicating food, their own infertile eggs. You know something significant, and probably not good, will happen.

Jun 29, Kat rated it it was amazing Shelves: What I also liked about it is that Butler manages to do so much with it in so few words. In this way, all of the main features of the story can be understood as symbolic of present cultural tensions.

I think I might prefer Butler’s speculative fiction, the heart-heavy but still heart-filled curiosity-driven stories, to some of the more gruesome sci fi. Tlic eggs are fertilized by the shortlived male of the species, then implanted by the female in a host body, in the kind of reversed sexual act described above. In the afterword to “The Book of Martha,” Butler realizes that everyone has a different idea of perfection, making the task from God seemingly impossible.

The Evening and the Morning and the Night.