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02.27.06 12:35 PM

octavia butler dead at 58

octavia_butler.jpeg"Octavia E. Butler, considered the first black woman to gain national prominence as a science fiction writer, has died, a close friend said Sunday. She was 58.

Butler fell and struck her head on the cobbled walkway outside her home, said Leslie Howle, a longtime friend and employee at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle.

The writer, who suffered from high blood pressure and heart trouble and could only take a few steps without stopping for breath, was found outside her home in the north Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park and died Friday, Howle said." (more at CNN)

there's an interesting thing about african-americans and sci-fi. not a lot of african-american sci-fi writers, but according to mark dery --- who was credited with coining the term afrofuturism --- there should be more. [Black To The Future: Afro-Futursim 1.0]

thanks for the heads up on butler, ronn

other blogs (besides ronn's) mentioning butler's death

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