Human/Alien Hybrids Are How We Save the World: Octavia Butler’s "Lilith’s Brood" (1981)

Three Mondays: July 29, August 5, 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

$90.00 (10% off for members)

Octavia Butler was a prolific speculative fiction author whose work challenged assumptions about who could write and star in genre fiction. For this seminar-style class we will read and discuss her “hard” science fiction trilogy, known both as Xenogenesis and Litlith’s Brood, which is comprised of Dawn, Adulthood, and Imago. The novels are set on a post-apocalyptic earth where humans must decide if they can accept the redefinition of their species in exchange for survival. Our discussion of these texts will raise questions about race, what it means to be human, and possibilities for extraterrestrial relationships. Consideration of her greatest science fiction work shows how Octavia Butler created space for diverse voices in science fiction and inspired a generation of writers known as Octavia’s brood. Three Mondays: July 29, August 5, 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

 Lilith’s Brood, Octavia Butler


Leigha McReynolds received her PhD in English Literature from The George Washington University. Her dissertation was on science and the supernatural in 19th Century British Literature, but her current research focus is contemporary science fiction. She has published and presented on science fiction texts ranging from Ursula K. Le Guin’s short stories to Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. Currently, Leigha is a professor in the writing program at The George Washington University where she uses science fiction to engage students across disciplines.

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ISBN: 9780446676106
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2000