An Octavia E. Butler Bibliography (1976-2008)

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An Octavia E. Butler Bibliography (1976-2008)


Calvin, Ritch, Utopian Studies


The last significant bibliography of works by and about Octavia Butler was in 1984 (Weixlmann). In the twenty-four years since then, Butler herself produced a great many works, but--even more significantly--a veritable cottage industry seems to have grown up around her work. And since her untimely death in 2006 marked her 30 years in publishing, it seemed an even more appropriate moment for such a bibliography.

As with any bibliography, one of the key struggles is to narrow its scope. In terms of Primary Works, I include only English-language editions of her novels and short-story collection. My reasoning was that since the Secondary Works included are only in English, it seemed appropriate to limit the Primary Works in a similar way. In terms of Secondary Works, the most difficult task was to determine which essays and reviews to include. Obviously, the longer Butler wrote and the more well-known she and her work became, the more the reviews multiplied. I have tried to read as many of the reviews as possible and have eliminated those that are too short and, so, provide no substantive information about the book in question. For the essays, I have tried to determine whether or not the essay or chapter contains a substantive consideration of Butler's work or if it contains only a passing reference.

I have tried to verify as many of these items as possible and have, indeed, been able to do so in the vast majority of cases. In a few cases, however, I have had to rely on multiple references to serve as verification.

PRIMARY TEXTS

Novels

Patternist Series

Patternmaster (1976)

Doubleday, 1976

Warner Aspect, 1995

Mind of My Mind (1977)

Doubleday, 1977

Sidgwick & Jackson, 1979

Gollancz, 1991

Warner Questar, 1994

Survivor (1978)

Doubleday, 1978

Sidgwick & Jackson, 1981

Wild Seed (1980)

Pocket, 1981

Popular Library Questar, 1988

Gollancz, 1990

Popular Library Questar, 1990

Aspect, 1999

Warner, 2001

See also the excerpt published in Essence 11 (Jan. 1981): 86-7+

Clay's Ark (1984)

Science Fiction Book Club, 1984

St. Martin's, 1984

Ace, 1985

Gollancz, 1991

Warner Aspect, 1996

Seed to Harvest (2007--contains Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay's Ark, and Patternmaster)

Xenogenesis Series

Dawn (1987)

Part 1 of 4: Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, Apr. 27, 1981

Part 2 of 4: Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, May 25, 1981

Part 3 of 4: Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, June 22, 1981

Part 4 of 4: Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, July 20, 1981

Warner, 1987

Gollancz, 1987

Popular Library Questar, 1988

Gollancz, 1988

Popular Library Questar, 1990

Warner Aspect, 1997

Adulthood Rites (1988)

Warner, 1988

Gollancz, 1988

Gollancz, 1989

Popular Library Questar, 1989

Warner Aspect, 1997

Imago (1989)

Gollancz, 1989

Warner, 1989

Popular Library Questar, 1990

Gollancz, 1990

Warner Aspect, 1997

See also the excerpt published in Postmodern American Fiction. Ed. Paula Geyh. New York: Norton, 1989.

Lilith's Brood (1989--a compilation of all three Xenogenesis novels)

Earthseed Series

Parable of the Sower (1993)

Four Walls Eight Windows, 1993

The Women's Press, 1995

Warner Aspect, 1995

Warner, 2000

Parable of the Talents (1998)

Seven Stories Press, 1998

The Women's Press, 2000

Warner, 2000

Warner Aspect, 2001

Single Novels

Kindred (1979)

Doubleday, 1979

Women's Press, 1988

Beacon Press, 1988

The Women's Press, 1995

Beacon Press, 2004

Fledgling (2005)

Seven Stories Press, 2005

Short Stories

"Crossover" (1971)

Clarion. …

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