If you’re looking for speculative fiction with strong world-building and deep underlying themes, you are in luck. Though the work of Octavia E. Butler explores widely varying ideas, all of her writing includes incisive social critique and incredible world-building. She examines gender dynamics, racial injustice, sexuality, and more.
Best of Octavia Butler
While she may have only published a few titles in her lifetime, the writing of Octavia Butler has captured the imagination of a generation of readers. These are some of our favorites.
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Authors Like Octavia Butler
Looking for books like Octavia Butler’s incredible speculative fiction? Explore these titles with strong world-building, diverse characters, and deep underlying themes. These books are available in multiple formats. Click on each title for a full list of options.
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Inspired by Octavia Butler
Octavia Butler paved the way for the impressive wave of black speculative fiction and Afrofuturism, the movement that centers works of science fiction, futurism, and fantasy in black history and culture. Check out these titles that draw inspiration from Butler's work.
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About the Author
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