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Ep #148: Stating and Living into Your Destiny: Taking Inspiration from Octavia Butler

The Art School Podcast

Discover the power of stating your intentions as you pursue your dreams. I’m sharing a real-life example of somebody who did exactly this, and I’m giving you the questions to ask yourself to see how you could live into this reality for yourself. Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.leahcb.com/148

23mins

9 Sep 2021

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Episode 6: Kindred by Octavia Butler

What's in Your Library?

One day, Dana, an African American woman, is transported back to the antebellum South. She finds herself saving a white boy—the son of a slave owner—from drowning. Quickly she was transported back to present day—she has no idea what just happened. Dana gets transported back to the South multiple times where she is forced to survive and figure out her purpose there—and how to get home to present day. This month Alivia & Leah dive into Kindred by Octavia Butler. Listen anywhere—this is a book club you don’t have to get dressed for. Spoilders expected ;). Follow us on IG, Facebook, & Twitter @whatsinyourlibrary and email us at whatsinyourlibrary@gmail.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatsinyourlibrary/message

50mins

3 Sep 2021

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Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction (2021)

Throughline

Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in today. She was a deep observer of the human condition, perplexed and inspired by our propensity towards self-destruction. Butler was also fascinated by the cyclical nature of history, and often looked to the past when writing about the future. Along with her warning is her message of hope - a hope conjured by centuries of survival and persistence. For every society that perishes in her books comes a story of rebuilding, of repair.

1hr 7mins

26 Aug 2021

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Afrofuturism: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Canonical

Is this an Afrofuturist novel? Is it a moral novel? And what is Afrofuturism anyway?  This week, we continue our discussion on Butler's Parable of the Sower, the first book in our Afrofuturism series. Want to talk about Parable of the Sower with us? Join our book club discussion here: https://www.reddit.com/r/CanonicalPod where you can also find show notes, credits and extended discussions for every episode. You can support us by rating/liking/sharing our podcast! Subscribe to us here: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | Google | Youtube You can also support us by buying Parable of the Sower or another book from one of our curated lists:  https://bookshop.org/shop/CanonicalPod. We earn a commission on every purchase and your local indie bookstore gets a cut too! We are also on Twitter and Facebook @CanonicalPod. Follow us to get updates on upcoming episodes!

31mins

22 May 2021

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Review: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Canonical

We kick off our Afrofuturism series with Butler's Parable of the Sower, a dystopian YA novel that does not hide its politics.  We debate what makes this novel important and why it should still be read today. Want to chat about Parable of the Sower? Join our book club discussion here: https://www.reddit.com/r/CanonicalPod where you can also find show notes, credits and extended discussions for every episode. You can support us by rating/liking/sharing our podcast! Subscribe to us here: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | Google | Youtube You can also support us by buying Parable of the Sower or another book from one of our curated lists:  https://bookshop.org/shop/CanonicalPod. We earn a commission on every purchase and your local indie bookstore gets a cut too! We are also on Twitter and Facebook @CanonicalPod. Follow us to get updates on upcoming episodes!

26mins

15 May 2021

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Octavia Butler's Kindred

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"A hermit in the middle of Los Angeles" is one way she described herself - born in 1947, Butler became a writer who wanted to "tell stories filled with facts. Make people touch and taste and know." Since her death in 2006, her writing has been widely taken up and praised for its foresight in suggesting developments such as big pharma and for its critique of American history. Shahidha Bari is joined by the author Irenosen Okojie and the scholar Gerry Canavan and Nisi Shawl, writer, editor, journalist – and long-time friend of Octavia Butler.Irenosen Okojie's latest collection of short stories is called Nudibranch and she was winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for Fiction for her story Grace Jones. You can hear her discussing her own writing life alongside Nadifa Mohamed in a previous Free Thinking episode https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k8szGerry Canavan is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction.Nisi Shawl writes about books for The Seattle Times, and also contributes frequently to Ms. Magazine, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, The Washington Post.Producer: Luke MulhallYou might be interested in the Free Thinking episode Science fiction and ecological thinking https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h6ywand on Ursula Le Guin's The Word for World is Forest https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b6yb37and a playlist exploring Landmarks of Culture including Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks and the writing of Audre Lorde, and of Wole Soyinkahttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jwn44

44mins

13 Apr 2021

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56. Speech Sounds by Octavia Butler, a short story club discussion

Novel Pairings

Today in “Short Story Club,” Chelsey and Sara are discussing “Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler. This post-pandemic story about the importance of language and communication feels incredibly prescient and relevant, like all of Butler’s work. “Speech Sounds” is a highly discussable, quick read. We’d love to hear your thoughts on it! Join our Patreon community for an extended Short Story Club discussion on Discord.  Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. . . . . . . These links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, Novel Pairings will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support! Chelsey’s Pairings: Speak by Laurie Hals Anderson (Amazon) Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements  (Amazon) Sara’s Pairings: Vox by Christina Dalcher  (Amazon) Severance by Ling Ma  (Amazon) Picks of the week: Chelsey: Why Octavia Butler’s novels feel so relevant today Sara: Blindness by José Saramago

48mins

13 Apr 2021

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#981: Worldbuilding with the Guild of Future Architects’ Futurist Writer’s Room: “Traveling the Intersitium with Octavia Butler”

Voices of VR Podcast – Designing for Virtual Reality

One of my favorite pieces at Sundance New Frontier 2021 this year was a series of four open web experiences created as a part of

23 Feb 2021

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BONUS: Throughline — Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction‬

Short Wave

To round out our celebration of Black History Month, we're bringing you a special episode featuring acclaimed science fiction writer Octavia Butler from our friends at NPR's history podcast Throughline.Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in today. She was a deep observer of the human condition, perplexed and inspired by our propensity towards self-destruction. Butler was also fascinated by the cyclical nature of history, and often looked to the past when writing about the future. Along with her warnings is her message of hope — a hope conjured by centuries of survival and persistence. For every society that perished in her books, came a story of rebuilding, of repair. Read Throughline's article about Octavia Butler.

1hr 6mins

20 Feb 2021

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Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction

Throughline

Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in today. She was a deep observer of the human condition, perplexed and inspired by our propensity towards self-destruction. Butler was also fascinated by the cyclical nature of history, and often looked to the past when writing about the future. Along with her warnings is her message of hope - a hope conjured by centuries of survival and persistence. For every society that perished in her books, came a story of rebuilding, of repair.

1hr 8mins

18 Feb 2021

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