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Octavia Butler has died.

This woman is one of my most favorite writers, and has inspired me in so many ways....and now she is gone.

Take the time to read her books, they are, in a word, incredible, and I mourn this loss, far too early....

Her father was a shoeshine man who died when she was a child, her mother was a maid who brought her along on jobs, yet Octavia Butler rose from these humble beginnings to become one of the country's leading writers - a female African American pioneer in the white, male domain of science fiction.
Butler, 58, died after falling and striking her head Friday on a walkway outside her home in Lake Forest Park. The reclusive writer, who moved to Seattle in 1999 from her native Southern California, was a giant in stature (she was 6 feet tall by age 15) and in accomplishment.

Rest easy Octavia.

Wow. Just awful. :(

Well at least you got more details on this than I managed to find. Most of the sites that list her don't even seem aware of the fact that she's passed away.

This is really tragic. I mean, a FALL??!


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