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Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler.

Science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Because she is black and female, she's considered an atypical science fiction writer. She's won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, science fiction's two most prestigious awards. Butler often describes her work as "speculative fiction" rather than science fiction. She says, "Science fiction, extrasensory perception, and black people are judged by the worst elements they produce." Her main characters are usually black women, and the fictional world they inhabit are racially diverse. Butler has written nine novels. Her tenth one is the new "Parable of the Sower," (Four Walls Eight Windows).

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Other segments from the episode on December 14, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 14, 1993: Interview with Octavia Butler; Interview with Charles Kolb; Review of Pearl Jam's album "Vs."

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