Paperback copies of the book will be distributed to participants at the first meeting on February 7, 2018.
Some editions of the book are called Earthseed - the Earthseed series contains two novels: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents. We are only reading the first one this semester.
"Octavia Butler is heralded as the first African American female writer of science fiction and fantasy, also termed speculative fiction. Her published works include 12 novels, a novelette, and one collection of stories; only two of her novels (Kindred and Fledgling) were written to stand alone, with all others envisioned as part of a collection of books: the Xenogenesis trilogy, the five-volume Patternist series, and Parable of the Talents and Parable of the Sower. Butler began writing science fiction out of frustration with the genre’s glaring lack of female protagonists and ethnic minorities. Her work is acclaimed for its bold projections of future worlds driven by complex explorations of race, sexuality, spirituality, and violence as foundational in shaping people and building community."
-- from The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, edited by Brian W. Shaffer, vol. 2: Twentieth-Century American Fiction, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
For more information on Butler (links from Prof. Sobelle):
Five sequential meetings will be held. Please mark your calendar and do your best to attend them all!
All discussions will take place on Wednesdays, noon - 1:00 pm. Location will vary by week. Glatfelter Lodge isn't big enough for all of us!
Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America (NYTimes Magazine 2-12-18) - Octavia Butler's contribution to Afrofuturism is mentioned here
5 Books to Read After You've Seen "Black Panther" (Off the Shelf 2-14-18) - more Afrofuturism, including another Butler title
Afrofuturism: Why black science fiction 'can't be ignored' (BBC News 5-7-18)