Ideas for Group Discussions
Bibliography and Further Reading
Johnson, Rebecca O., “African-American, Feminist Science Fiction,” in Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, Vol. 19, No. 6, February 1994, pp. 12–14.
Jonas, Gerald, Review of Parable of the Sower, in New York Times Book Review, January 2, 1994, p. 22.
Miller, Faren, Review of Parable of the Sower, in Locus, December 1993, pp. 17, 19.
See, Lisa, “An Interview with Octavia Butler,” in Publishers Weekly, Vol. 240, No. 50, December 13, 1993, pp. 50–51.
Zaki, Hoda, Review of Parable of the Sower, in Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 11, Nos. 10 and 11, July 1994, pp. 37–38.
Butler, Octavia, and Stephen W. Potts, “‘We Keep Playing the Same Record’: A Conversation with Octavia E. Butler,” in Science-Fiction Studies, Vol. 23, No. 70, November 1996, pp. 331–38. Butler discusses the science-fiction genre, responses to her work, and themes her work addresses. Fry, Joan, “An Interview with Octavia Butler,” in Poets & Writers Magazine, Vol. 25, March/April 1997, pp. 58–69. Butler discusses a range of topics, including her favorite writers and where the philosophical ideas in Parable of the Sower come from.
Wiloch, Thomas, Review of Parable of the Sower, in Bloomsbury Review, May/June 1994, p. 24. Wiloch applauds Butler for not following the pattern of most science fiction. She is not content to tell a standard adventure story but instead turns it into a character study of a young woman.
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.