Books by Octavia E. Butler

Lilith’s Brood

Octavia E. Butler

This collection of novels begins with a woman named Lilith, who survives a disastrous war on Earth only to find the planet invaded by aliens, themselves refugees from a world they can no longer remember.

Fledgling

Octavia E. Butler

In this, Butler’s last book, she returns to the notion of symbiosis so thoroughly explored in Lilith’s Brood.

Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler

Lauren Olamina lives in a walled neighborhood in Southern California; it’s dangerous to venture beyond the walls, where there’s little work, less food, and no law.

Parable of the Talents

Octavia E. Butler

This sequal to Parable of the Sower follows Lauren Olamina and her Earthseed community as it grows—and then is viciously assaulted.

Kindred

Octavia E. Butler

Much of Butler’s fiction looks to the future. But Kindred is marked by a fascinating look back.

Bloodchild and Other Stories

Octavia E. Butler

This collection of short stories, many written very early in Octavia Butler’s career, explore a number of themes that recur throughout her novels: societal disintegration, human/alien couplings, and the ways humans may need to evolve in order to survive as a species.