Bloodchild: And Other Stories

Bloodchild And Other Stories This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN Six extraordinary stories from the author of Kindred a master of modern science fiction including a Hugo and Nebula award winning novella Octavi

  • Title: Bloodchild: And Other Stories
  • Author: Octavia E. Butler
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  • Page: 441
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  • This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 1453263667.Six extraordinary stories from the author of Kindred, a master of modern science fiction including a Hugo and Nebula award winning novella.Octavia E Butler s classic Bloodchild, winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, anchors this collection of incomparable stories and essays Bloodchild is set on a distant plaThis is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 1453263667.Six extraordinary stories from the author of Kindred, a master of modern science fiction including a Hugo and Nebula award winning novella.Octavia E Butler s classic Bloodchild, winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, anchors this collection of incomparable stories and essays Bloodchild is set on a distant planet where human children spend their lives preparing to become hosts for the offspring of the alien Tlic Sometimes the procedure is harmless, but often it is not Also included is the Hugo Award winning Speech Sounds, about a near future in which humans must adapt after an apocalyptic event robs them of their ability to speak The Evening and the Morning and the Night, another esteemed title in this collection, is a Nebula Award finalist In these pages, Butler shows us life on Earth and amongst the stars, telling her tales with characteristic imagination and clarity This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E Butler including rare images from the author s estate.

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    1. octaviabutler Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best known among the few African American women in the field She won both Hugo and Nebula awards In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.

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    1. Those whom we love are often the most alien to us Christopher PaoliniMy review centres on Bloodchild, the better known segment in this anthology an extremely short sci fi story, recommended to me by apatt and cecily.As the story s curtain rises, we are led into an intriguing scene of surreal domestic bliss, whereby view spoiler something resembling a walking lobster scorpion is casually cuddling up to a human on a sofa Please excuse my flippancy, it s way evocative and macabre than I ve describ [...]


    2. My last night of childhood began with a visit home The short sci fi horror lite story of the title, Bloodchild, opens thus You know something significant, and probably not good, will happen But at first, it s a pleasant enough domestic scene among the family, sipping a soporific but rejuvenating egg, snuggling against the velvet underside of someone s something s embrace.The awareness of mysteries and taboos grows slowly, seeded by careful choice of vague but uneasy words the need for one s peop [...]


    3. I believed I was ugly and stupid, clumsy, and socially hopeless I also thought that everyone would notice these faults if I drew attention to myself I wanted to disappear I hid out in a big pink notebook one that would hold a whole ream of paper I made myself a universe in it There I could be a magic horse, a Martian, a telepath There I could be anywhere but here, any time but now, with any people but these This anthology includes two essays, one of which is autobiographical I don t normally rea [...]


    4. Bloodchild is a collection of short stories by the famous science fiction writer Octavia Butler The problem with most short story collections is that they are usually a mixed bag, populated with mostly mediocre stories speckled with a few stinkers and a few gems Well, I am happy to report to you that Bloodchild is not like that at all Every single story in this collection is captivating, intelligent, and written in a style that is clear and accessible without losing any of its sophistication.Wha [...]


    5. Once you go alien, you really do never go back Gini KochBloodchild outlines a symbiotic relationship between earthlings Terrans and the Tlic, native inhabitants of a new world that humans have fled to for safety The Tlic, looking somewhat like crustaceans, provide Terrans with a safe haven in exchange for their willingness to assume a certain unsavory role The story is told from the perspective of Gan, a young human male on the cusp of becoming one of those chosen Gan explores what being selecte [...]


    6. I believed I was ugly and stupid, clumsy, and socially hopeless I also thought that everyone would notice these faults if I drew attention to myself I wanted to disappear I hid out in a big pink notebook one that would hold a whole ream of paper I made myself a universe in it There I could be a magic horse, a Martian, a telepath There I could be anywhere but here, any time but now, with any people but these This anthology includes two essays, one of which is autobiographical I don t normally rea [...]


    7. Absolutely amazing I have no idea how I am just coming across Octavia E Butler Everything in Blood Child and other Stories is pure gold I was continuously blown away by this short story collection which is Sci Fi at its best From aliens and plagues,Blood Child and other Stories manages to capture human experience, fears, joys, and sentimentality so vividly My favorite of the stories is Speech Sounds which takes place a in a destroyed Los Angeles where the inhabitants are suffering the fall out o [...]


    8. Expecting the titular Bloodchild to be the pinnacle of the collection, I passed over most of these tales Boy, was that stupid Speech Sounds and Amnesty are equally fascinating and compelling A personal and enthralling collection.


    9. Bloodchild ljudska kolonija na nepoznatom, naseljenom planetu mora platiti stanarinu tako to e biti doma in larvama parazitske rase koja tu ivi Osvrt 5 5The Evening and the Morning and the Night genetska bolest DGD izaziva samoozlje ivanje i psihozu pa se oboljele ve na prve znake bolesti zatvara u institucije gdje mogu samo sebi nauditi U odga anju zavr nog stadija poma e posebna dijeta, a oboljeli moraju nositi i posebne ambleme U pogovoru Octavia ka e da je ova pri a nastala iz njezine rastu [...]


    10. I think that everything Butler ever wrote deserves 5 stars.This book is much too short as was Butler s time on this earth It includes five previously published stories, an autobiographical essay, an essay on writing, and two new to this book stories.As well, it includes brief afterwords by Butler about each piece.Everything in the book is superb, thought provoking and fascinating.


    11. Octavia E Butler is one of the greatest writers I have discovered in a long while Intelligent and thought provoking I found myself in green eyed envy of her skill at taking such a simple writing style and imbuing it with such depth and meaning Her contribution as a black American woman is invaluable to the usually Caucasian male dominated Science Fiction genre and this collection is an example of how very good Science Fiction writing can be Not shying away from difficult and heavy ideas, this co [...]


    12. StoriesBloodchild 5 5The Evening and the Morning and the Night 3.5 5Near of Kin 3.5 5Crossover 2 5Speech Sounds 3.5 5Amnesty 3.5 5The Book of Martha 4 5Essays Positive Obsessions Positive reactionFuror Scribendi Positive reaction


    13. I racconti contenuti in Bloodchild and Other Stories di Octavia Butler inedito in italiano spaziano dalla fantascienza all horror, fino a inattese incursioni nel realismo Il clima non cambia, a prescindere dal genere di riferimento si percepisce la presenza di un mistero da svelare, che si chiarir con lo scorrere delle pagine le societ e gli spaccati di vita ritratti sono sempre carichi di elementi oppressivi e angoscianti ad essi per si accompagna la fortissima volont di resistere dei personagg [...]


    14. Octavia Butler writes with such clarity and inertia that I don t even mind that I didn t like this collection much Missed my subway stop as pages turned and turned She s got big ideas and I like big ideas She does admit that she s a novelist over a story writer, though, and I agree The prose wasn t really very different from Parable of the Sower, it s just the pacing stilted Many of these stories felt like ideas, ideas that are tacked to the board, stark Ok, I see what you re doing here Ok, that [...]


    15. One of the smartest, most thought provoking books I ve read in a while I can t believe it took me so long to discover Octavia E Butler.


    16. I don t know if it was a refreshing read after a bout with Cormac McCarthy, but this small collection of short stories and two essays was amazing Butler is characterized as a sci fi fantasy writer, but these shorts have only have trace amounts of those genres The stories themselves are strong narratives that employ slight variations on reality to move the plot while quickly developing readers understanding of the characters This collection perked my interest in picking up a couple of her novels [...]


    17. This was a rare gem among anthologies One of the few, in my experience, that was well deserving of a five star rating, and I compared it to the creme of the crop Anthologies by such august authors as Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Flannery O Connor and Isaac Asimov didn t resonate as well What parted Bloodchild and Other Stories from many of its contemporaries, in my opinion, was its sense of purpose These stories weren t written simply to entertain They were aimed at specific issues that troubled [...]


    18. What a superb collection of short stories in the sci fi genre by the wonderfully talented Octavia Butler I loved all of them Bloodchild was particularly creepy I also loved all the medical ethical questions raised in each story, which is really one of the core values of sci fi and dystopian writing, but that sometimes gets lost in crazynew worlds and the like Please excuse typos Entered on screen reader.



    19. Bloodchild is my introduction to grand dame of science fiction Octavia Butler, but like most short story collections, it s a mixed bag The two non genre stories Near of Kin and Crossover are the weakest, and the award winning Bloodchild and Speech Sounds are the strongest, both powerful and evocative The former deals with a horrifying arrangement between aliens and humans, and the latter tells a story without dialogue, as humanity has lost the ability to communicate with words I also really like [...]


    20. Octavia Butler s Bloodchild collection serves as a clinic on worldbuilding, and how to deal with social issues in fiction without sacrificing story in the name of politics These stories, all but one science fiction, each feature a world unique in its depiction of future dystopias of disease, violence, alien occupation, or alien visions of pregnancy that mostly feature female protagonists grappling with moral issues The most obvious and effective lens through which to evaluate these stories is a [...]


    21. The story Blood Child is fucking crazy It is a well thought out post colonialist allegory to the experience of living as a fringe member of society I do not want to spoil it too much, but the story takes places in the future as humans are made the servant class of an extraterrestrial race We are used as house pets, friends and as a vessel for their reproduction This story is uncanny, creepy and genius Very well thought out and an example of science fiction doing what it does best illuminating ou [...]


    22. Bloodchild A The Evening and the Morning and the Night ANear of Kin B Speech Sounds ACrossover A reads like something good written by Raymond Carver Amnesty A the Book of Martha D annoying, pointless, preachy, reads like a ridiculously self centered mashup of those movies where Morgan Freeman plays God, videos of Sunday school, and The Matrix I found the essays Birth of a Writer and Furor Scribendi enjoyable reads, A for both Overall, this is a great collection I recommend it to scifi readers.



    23. I m almost angry that I m not teaching my science fiction soon because I really really want to teach the stories in this book All of them are fascinating in their own way and as a collection that illustrates how different Butler is from anyone else writing then Her approach to fiction as a way of refusing a kind of naive optimism without allowing her pessimism to end in nihilism makes her work unlike anyone else s And her commitment to working out the implications of her premises and their effec [...]


    24. Preface Bloodchild and Other Stories 1995 essay by Octavia E ButlerBloodchild 1984 novelette by Octavia E ButlerThe Evening and the Morning and the Night 1987 novelette by Octavia E ButlerNear of Kin 1979 short story by Octavia E ButlerSpeech Sounds 1983 short story by Octavia E ButlerCrossover 1971 short story by Octavia E ButlerPositive Obsession 1989 essay by Octavia E ButlerFuror Scribendi 1993 essay by Octavia E Butler


    25. This one is for the fans Great individual of stories of people and possibilities In my opinion Octavia was one the best dystopian creators in fiction Right up there with George Orwell and Margaret Atwood but unique in that it incorporates the experiences of African American characters and their history and culture This book also provided 2 great essays that gave me insight into the life of the late Grandmaster of SF, Octavia Butler 2 books to go before I ve read all of her works.


    26. I listened to this audiobook as much as I could because I couldn t get enough of Butler s writing Thank goodness for a major knitting project and some commutes This is the first I have read of her work, but it won t be the last.The content is not all science fiction as I thought Five of the stories are scifi or fantasy in my opinion Two stories are just short stories Near of Kin and Crossover in my opinion No fantasy or scifi about these tales, but they are powerful tales of somewhat harsh situa [...]


    27. There seems to be an unwritten rule, hurtful and at odds with the realities of American culture It says you aren t supposed to wonder whether as a Black person, a Black woman, you really might be inferior not quite bright enough, not quite quick enough, not quite enough to do the thingds you want to do Though, of course, you do wonder You re supposed to know you re as good as anyone and if you don t know, you aren t supposed to admit it If anyone near you admits it, you re supposed to reassure t [...]


    28. My full reviews of the stories aren t on GR but at my blog.Octavia E Butler didn t produce a large amount of shorter works, her favourite length was the novel This collection gives a good impression to her work.The stories seem to be hit or miss for me when she uses phantasical elements or writes SF, I love the stories But her dramatic writing doesn t work for me at all, as good as they might be Bloodchild 1984 novelette by Octavia E Butler huge insects use human males as child bearers review Th [...]


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