Historical Context

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Environmental Awareness
‘‘The animals we once used began killing most of our eggs after implantation long before your...

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Literary Style

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The Science Fiction Genre
The particular stylistic features that shape ‘‘Bloodchild’’ must be understood in terms of the...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Butler, Octavia. Bloodchild and Other Stories, New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1995.


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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Allison, Dorothy. “The Future of Female: Octavia Butler’s Mother Lode.” In Reading Black, Reading Feminist, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Meridian, 1990.

Fry, Joan. “ Interview with Octavia Butler.” In Poets and Writers Magazine 25, no. 2 (March/April, 1997): 58-69.

Govan, Sandra Y. “Octavia Butler” in Notable Black American Women. Detroit: Gale, 1992.

Potts, Steven W. “We Keep Playing the Same Record: A Conversation with Octavia E. Butler.” Science Fiction Studies 23 (November, 1996): 331-338.

Stevenson, Rosemary. “Octavia Butler” in Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson, 1993.

Zaki, Hoda. “Utopia, Dystopia, and Ideology in the Science Fiction of Octavia Butler.” Science Fiction Studies 17, no. 2 (1990): 239-251.

Compare and Contrast

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1980s: A chemical test to determine whether life exists on Mars renders inconclusive results.

1990s: A meteorite...

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Topics for Further Study

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Do you think that the Tlic’s use of humans to incubate their eggs is moral? Find evidence from the story to support or criticize the...

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What Do I Read Next?

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Dawn (1987), the first book of Octavia Butler’s acclaimed Xenogenesis trilogy, takes place after a war on Earth has decimated the...

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