Writer, Butler, Bianca Salvant discussed on Overdue



Drid for episode two hundred eighty six okay? I'll go back to that line. Listen to it. If you want to could you summarize all of that right now, the whole podcast, the cliffs notes to give you ten seconds. So as we talk about a little bit in that, let's talk about Butler a little bit. She is the first scifi writer to be given a MacArthur genius grant ninety ninety five and she was a fulltime author from the late seventies. Until her death at age fifty eight in two thousand six some for earliest successful novels where the pattern est series which she worked on in the late seventies through to the early mid eighties. And then a kindred with came out in nineteen seventy Seventy-nine those were like her first big things. Yes. And then in the mid eighties. She started to find big success with her short story speech. Sounds which won a Hugo were for short story. And then in nineteen eighty-five the book blood child won the Hugo award, the locus award and a bunch of others. She is noteworthy for being a black woman, which is not a not of you point that you get in a lot of sci-fi fantasy fiction. I got from. From a a summary of Don that I found on the site off the shelf. This is someone named Bianca salvant who is writing about about Butler, and she says a Butler was the first black American woman science fiction writer to achieve international claim Butler began her writing career because of a conviction to see herself in stories that weren't oppressive or harmful anything that's really that's still really resonates today especially around like Oscar season when you do you do see more representation than you used to. But especially in like black fiction. They tend to be about oppression or about struggle. And that's like the the way that that we are allowed to like praise and reward like black fiction, and there's a there's a twenty thirteen ebony article I read about this that that sums it up. Well, also worth noting that having three movies about the black experience in the Oscar race is disproportionately high themes. Fit into a very narrow box. So yeah, when we try to program for the show and be better about author representation. I think that's something. We we worry about a little bit is is to read stories that are from diverse voices without reading stories that are like exclusively about the struggles. That those. Yeah, have had in America or in the world or anywhere. Yes. This trilogy, and we'll get into how it's related to this book specifically, but she this trilogy the Zeno. Genesis trilogy also referred to as it's brewed. I think it was collected as one edition at some point. Yes. The starting in two thousand I think it started to be published like when you go to Amazon now look at the box set. It's it's known as Lula's brewed. But also, the Genesis trilogy. So I think either is fines Genesis trilogies to sound schooler. Fruit sounds like a starcraft expansion. Both accurate. I pay. So it's dawn with talking about today. Nineteen eighty-seven adulthood rites in nineteen eighty eight imago in nineteen eighty nine. And they. They are about hierarchy and the main character is a black woman. And the fact that she is a woman plays. I would say a bigger part in the specifics of the novel than that. She is a person of color, though, there is there is some racism in the book discussed with another character. And then it is still about oppression. And it is still about hierarchy. She has some she's written a lot about what she thinks hierarchy, and it is a fatal flaw of humankind. And that that is explicitly expressed in this book in that it leads to all sorts of oppression in various forms of it. I think I read a quote in our kindred episode that was from like an essay she'd written on a on a U N committee on racism talking about how hierarchy everything all the way down to like, you know, needling the kid you don't like on the playground..

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