Science fiction writer Octavia Estelle Butler died at her Seattle, Washington home on Friday February 24, 2006.
Butler received the PEN Center West Lifetime Achievement Award, two Nebula awards and two Hugo Awards. In 1995 she was the recipient of a $295,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship. She has been considered the most successful African American woman writing science fiction.
Eight years ago, Butler participated in a series of discussions at MIT about science fiction, media and imagination.
"Devil Girl From Mars": Why I Write Science Fiction by Octavia Butler (posted Oct. 4, 1998)
Octavia Butler profile by Henry Jenkins (posted July 29, 1998)
Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany discussion (posted
Aug. 29, 1998)