The final week represents something of a jump from the emphasis on turn of the century SF. Our focus here shifts to Octavia Butler and specifically her Xenogenesis trilogy. As such, we leap over a great deal of mid-century SF utopianism but can use this week as an opportunity to consider any favourites in relation to Butler’s work. Butler’s vision of utopia might come as a surprise after what we have so far studied, but consider how it engages with and builds on the problems we have identified.
The Xenogenesis trilogy. Particularly Lilith’s Brood.
Hoda M. Zaki, ‘Utopia, Dystopia, and Ideology in the Science Fiction of Octavia Butler’, Science Fiction Studies 17.2 (1990).
Jason P. Vest, “Remembering Octavia Butler: A retrospective on the great science-fiction novelist.” The Common Reader, August 28th, 2020.