As a voracious reader and professional book reviewer, it probably comes as no surprise that there are a lot of different authors I idolize, but few compare to my love of Octavia E. Butler. The grande dame of science fiction has been an idol of mine since I first read Kindred in my early twenties, and although I didn't discover her work until years after her death, I am still in awe of all of the inspiring Octavia Butler quotes that I have found.
Born June 22, 1947, in Pasadena, CA, Octavia Butler was reportedly a shy, bookish child who started writing at a young age and didn't stop until her death in 2006. A true trailblazer, Butler was one of the first black women to join the mostly white, male ranks of science fiction writers. Her novels, which range from racially charged vampire novels to time-travel slave narratives, are centered around what Butler knew best: the lives of black women.
A truly prolific writer — she even "predicted" Donald Trump's campaign slogan — who gave a voice to some of the most marginalized communities through her diverse characters, Butler didn't shy away from the ugliest truths about humanity, past and present, including our penchant for cruelty, violence, racism, discrimination, greed, lust, and power. Her body of work was, and still is, one of the most important and culturally significant contributions to modern science fiction.