Friday, August 23, 2013

An Octavia Butler Timeline

By Briana Whiteside

1947: Octavia Butler was born on June 22nd
1967: fifth place, Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest
1968: received an associate’s degree from Pasadena City College
1971: "Crossover" (short story) published in Clarion, the anthology of the Clarion Workshop
1976: Patternmaster, the fourth book in the Patternist series, is published.
1977: Mind of My Mind, the second book in the Patternist series, is published.
1978: Survivor, the third book of the Patternist series, is published, but was never reprinted.
1979: Kindred was published.
1979: "Near of Kin" (short story)
1980: Wild Seed, the first book in the Patternist series, is published.
1980: receives Creative Art Award, L.A YWCA
1983: "Speech Sounds" (short story) published in Asimov's Science Fiction.
1984: Clay’s Ark, the fifth book in the Patternist series, is published.
1984: "Bloodchild" (short story) published in Asimov's Science Fiction.
1984: receives Nebula Award for Best Novelette-"Bloodchild."
1984: receives the Hugo Award for Best Short Story-"Speech Sounds."
1985: receives the Hugo Award for Best Novelette-Bloodchild.
1985: receives Locus Award for Best Novelette-Bloodchild.
1985: receives Science Fiction Chronicle Award for Best Novelette-Bloodchild.
1987: Dawn, the first book in the Lilith’s Brood trilogy, is published.
1987: "The Evening and the Morning and the Night" (short story) published in Omni Magazine.
1987: receives the Nebula Award for Best Novelette-"The Evening and the Morning and the Night."
1988: Adult Rights, the second book in the Lilith’s Brood trilogy, is published.
1989: Imago, the last book in the Lilith’s Brood trilogy, is published.
1993: Parable of the Sower, the first book that appeared in The Parable Series, is published.
1994: receives Nebula Award for Best Novel-Parable of the Sower.
1995: receives MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant; the first science fiction writer to receive the grant.
1998: Parable of the Talents, the second book in The Parable Series, is published.
1999: receives the Nebula Award for Best Novel-Parable of the Talents.
2000: Lilith’s Brood (omnibus of two works by Butler, formerly the Xenogenesis series) is published.
2000: receives lifetime achievement award in writing from the PEN American Center.
2005: Fledging is published.
2006: Octavia Butler died on February 24th of a stroke, which caused head injuries.
2007: Seed to Harvest (omnibus of the Patternist series) is published. Survivor is not included. 
2010: Butler was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Briana Whiteside is a graduate student in English at SIUE and a contributing writer for the Cultural Front site. 

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