Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction writer.
Butler's work has been associated with the genre of Afrofuturism, a term coined by Mark Dery to describe "speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and addresses African-American concerns in the context of 20th-century technoculture." Some critics, however, have noted that while Butler's protagonists are of African descent, the communities they create are multi-ethnic and, sometimes, multi-species. As De Witt Douglas Kilgore and Ranu Samantrai explain in their 2010 memorial to Butler, while Butler does offer "an afro-centric sensibility at the core of narratives," her "insistence on hybridity beyond the point of discomfort" exceeds the tenets of both black cultural nationalism and of "white-dominated" liberal pluralism.
- Patternmaster (Doubleday 1976; Avon 1979; Warner, 1995)
- Mind of My Mind (Doubleday, 1977; Warner, 1994)
- Survivor (Doubleday, 1978)
- Wild Seed (Doubleday, 1980; Warner, 1988, 2001)
- Clay's Ark (St. Martin's Press, 1984; Ace Books, 1985; Warner, 1996)
- Seed to Harvest (Grand Central Publishing 2007; omnibus excluding Survivor)
- Dawn (Warner, 1987, 1989, 1997)
- Adulthood Rites (Warner, 1988, 1977)
- Imago (Warner, 1989, 1997)
- Xenogenesis (Guild America Books, 1989; omnibus)
- Lilith's Brood (Warner, 2000; omnibus)
Parable series (also referred to as the Earthseed series)
- Parable of the Sower (Four Walls, Eight Windows, 1993; Women's Press, 1995; Warner, 1995, 2000).
- Parable of the Talents (Seven Stories Press 1998; Quality Paperback Book Club, 1999; Women's Press 2000, 2001; Warner 2000, 2001)
- Kindred (Doubleday 1979; Beacon Press 1988, 2004).
- Fledgling (Seven Stories Press, 2005; Grand Central Publishing, 2007).