Category Archives: Octavia Butler

Genetic Modification in Science Fiction

Well, the title may be a bit misleading. I’d like to focus on two novels in particular: one, we are reading in this class (Oryx and Crake¬†by Margaret Atwood) and the other in my Medicine and Literature class (Dawn by Octavia Butler). What’s interesting to me is that both of my classes have converged on […] Continue reading

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Bare Life in Dawn

We’ve all heard people say, “it’s for your own good,” and as much as we resented it then, many have conceded that it was probably the best course of action at the time. But when does “for your own good” turn destructive? Dan Fang discusses the criticisms that the Oankali bring to the human race […] Continue reading

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