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Unexpected Stories (2014)

av Octavia E. Butler

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Fiction. African American Fiction. Science Fiction. Short Stories. HTML:

An NPR Books Great Read: Two never-before-published stories from the archives of one of science fiction's all-time masters.
The novella "A Necessary Being" showcases Octavia E. Butler's ability to create alien yet fully believable "others." Tahneh's father was a Hao, one of a dwindling race whose leadership abilities render them so valuable that their members are captured and forced to govern. When her father dies, Tahneh steps into his place, both chief and prisoner, and for twenty years has ruled without ever meeting another of her kind. She bears her loneliness privately until the day that a Hao youth is spotted wandering into her territory. As her warriors sharpen their weapons, Tahneh must choose between imprisoning the newcomer??and living the rest of her life alone.
The second story in this volume, "Childfinder," was commissioned by Harlan Ellison for his legendary (and never-published) anthology The Last Dangerous Visions?. A disaffected telepath connects with a young girl in a desperate attempt to help her harness her growing powers. But in the richly evocative fiction of Octavia E. Butler, mentorship is a rocky path, and every lesson comes at a price.
The award-winning author of science fiction classics Parable of the Sower and Kindred bestows these compelling, long lost gems "like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you've read a dozen times has an extra chapter" (Los Angeles Review of Books).


Harlan Ellison and Dangerous Visions are registered trademarks of the Kilimanjaro Corporation. All rights reserved.… (mer)

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    Survivor av Octavia E. Butler (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: One of the two newly published stories in Unexpected Stories gives background on the Kohn and on Diut, a major character in Butler's disowned novel Survivor.
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A book composed of two previously unpublished stories. The first takes up the majority of the book, while the second is only about twenty pages. Both have exactly the type of setup you'd expect from sci-fi, and the worldbuilding is handled quickly and skillfully.

I found the aliens of the first story to be particularly interesting, although I couldn't decide whether the author was trying to say something and, if so, what it might be. Setting up a caste system based on skin color would seem to hint at an underlying message, but the ending didn't go as I would have expected. It was, however, a satisfying ending, and if it was just meant to make the readers think about these things, it did a good job of that.

The second story ended a bit abruptly for my taste, but I see perfectly where the author was going with it. I wish it had been a bit longer, but I can use my imagination to fill in the details.

Overall, a quick read that's worth it for fans of the author and sci-fi fans in general. Cool concepts, sympathetic protagonists, and good writing.
  dste | Feb 22, 2024 |
Secretly 4,5 stars, just because her later works are even better and there needs to be some distinction to validate this. ( )
  Silenostar | Dec 7, 2022 |
WHO SUCKED ME IN
Claire Rousseau in their PKD Award, Looking for Leia, The Watch & WTF Happened with the RWA?! - Genrewise #15 on YouTube published on 22 jan. 2020
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
These stories make it clear that from her earliest days Octavia Butler had a gift for creating new types of characters -- some human, some not -- who were very alien but still approachable. As a novella and short story, these works don't have the richness of her novels, but they are still well worth reading. ( )
  jsabrina | Jul 13, 2021 |
Two fantastic short stories. Second one a bit frustratingly too short, I wanted more. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
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Butler, Octavia E.primär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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Miles, RobinBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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In a poem I once heard, a lonely young man walking past a desolate alley sees someone, a street denizen, a woman moving in the shadows. (From the Foreword)
The Rohkohn Hao, Tahneh, was sharing her evening meal with her chief judge and discussing the current drought when she first learned of the foreigners who had entered her territory.
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After a few years of watching the human species make things unnecessarily difficult for itself I have little hope that it will do anything more than survive and continue its cycle of errors.
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Fiction. African American Fiction. Science Fiction. Short Stories. HTML:

An NPR Books Great Read: Two never-before-published stories from the archives of one of science fiction's all-time masters.
The novella "A Necessary Being" showcases Octavia E. Butler's ability to create alien yet fully believable "others." Tahneh's father was a Hao, one of a dwindling race whose leadership abilities render them so valuable that their members are captured and forced to govern. When her father dies, Tahneh steps into his place, both chief and prisoner, and for twenty years has ruled without ever meeting another of her kind. She bears her loneliness privately until the day that a Hao youth is spotted wandering into her territory. As her warriors sharpen their weapons, Tahneh must choose between imprisoning the newcomer??and living the rest of her life alone.
The second story in this volume, "Childfinder," was commissioned by Harlan Ellison for his legendary (and never-published) anthology The Last Dangerous Visions?. A disaffected telepath connects with a young girl in a desperate attempt to help her harness her growing powers. But in the richly evocative fiction of Octavia E. Butler, mentorship is a rocky path, and every lesson comes at a price.
The award-winning author of science fiction classics Parable of the Sower and Kindred bestows these compelling, long lost gems "like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you've read a dozen times has an extra chapter" (Los Angeles Review of Books).


Harlan Ellison and Dangerous Visions are registered trademarks of the Kilimanjaro Corporation. All rights reserved.

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