Monday, February 27, 2006

Octavia Butler, RIP

Octavia Butler was a science fiction writer who wrote something more than science fiction, something harder to digest than stories about monsters or space travel. She died last Friday after falling down.

Her Parable of the Sower is an important book. It is a story about a dystopian future every bit as American as our present and because of that it is credible and works as an awful warning. We would do well to heed it.