Dash X Butler
January 1, 2018 2:21 PM   Subscribe

The astounding Julie Dash interviews the incomparable Octavia Butler! “A lost interview (1995) with award-winning Sy Fy writer Octavia Butler and filmmaker Julie Dash at her home in Los Angeles for Marc Boothe, Digital Diaspora, and "40 Acres & A Microchip" the first black cyberspace conference in the UK for digerati of African descent. "to re-examine our relationship to our cultures and the way we represent them through the use of digital technology."”
posted by OmieWise (12 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I am delighted
posted by bq at 2:36 PM on January 1, 2018

ooooh! I look forward to diving into this :)
posted by supermedusa at 3:18 PM on January 1, 2018

Thanks for this, although a longtime SF reader I'd discovered Octavia fairly recently and continue to by just amazed.
posted by sammyo at 3:30 PM on January 1, 2018

Pedant comment: the genre of science fiction is generally shortened to "sci fi". SyFy is a specific tv channel (many of whose shows are not actually in the science fiction genre anymore). Butler has won awards for her sci fi writing, not for work with the SyFy channel.
posted by eviemath at 5:35 PM on January 1, 2018 [8 favorites]

Pedant comment II: The Science Fiction Channel changed its name to "SyFy" fourteen years after this interview occurred (1995)
posted by thelonius at 6:15 PM on January 1, 2018 [3 favorites]

Octavia was one of the true greats, and it was tragic that she died before more of her work could be provided for us. Look forward to watching this later - thanks!
posted by Myeral at 2:06 AM on January 2, 2018 [4 favorites]

Dang! Thanks!
posted by allthinky at 6:34 AM on January 2, 2018

Sorry to hijack: where should one start with Butler?
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 8:03 AM on January 2, 2018

Kindred is very accessible, and her short stories are amazing.
posted by bq at 9:29 AM on January 2, 2018

The Lilith's Brood Trilogy is a fascinating take on first contact.
posted by supermedusa at 10:48 AM on January 2, 2018

where should one start with Butler?

I think Wild Seed is a great starting point. I recently read it for the second time and can still feel the hairs on the back of my neck when I think of some of the sequences in it. Once you start, I'm pretty sure you won't stop
posted by Myeral at 10:53 AM on January 2, 2018

I highly recommend Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents as shockingly relevant dystopian future. The authoritarian religious zealot president in the latter actually uses Make America Great Again as his slogan.
posted by hydropsyche at 11:11 AM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

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