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Overview (5)

Born in Pasadena, California, USA
Died in Lake Forest Park, Washington, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameOctavia Estelle Butler
Nickname Junie
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Octavia Butler was born on June 22, 1947 in Pasadena, California, USA as Octavia Estelle Butler. She was a writer, known for Parable of the Sower, Kindred and Wild Seed. She died on February 24, 2006 in Lake Forest Park, Washington, USA.

Trivia (8)

Daughter of Laurice and Octavia M. "Guy" Butler, she was the only child of five pregnancies that her mother was able to carry to full term.
In 1995, she became the first science-fiction writer to be awarded the MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, which paid her US$295,000 over a 5-year period. The award is given annually to people who challenge and expand the boundaries of their chosen fields.
Received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena City College. She then attended California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Was the first African American woman to gain popularity and critical acclaim as a major science-fiction writer, championed by and protégée of Harlan Ellison.
She began writing at age 10. In 1970 she attended a fantasy writer's workshop in East Lansing, Michigan.
Buried at the beautiful Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, which is in the area of Pasadena, California. This older and historic cemetery is located at 2400 North Fairoaks.
She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
She was paralytically shy her entire life.

Personal Quotes (1)

I'm...comfortably asocial -- a hermit in the middle of Seattle -- a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a Black [person], a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.

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