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Octavia E. Butler Mined Her Boundless Curiosity, Forging A New Vision For Humanity

A pioneering writer in a genre long dominated by white men, Octavia E. Butler’s work explored power structures, shifting definitions of humanity and alternative societies. In an interview, English language and literature professor Alyssa Collins explains how Butler’s boundless curiosity inspired the author’s work, and how Butler’s experiences as a Black woman drew her to “humans who must deal with the edges or ends of humanity.”

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