[Blackstudies-l] NPR: Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturism

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Sun Feb 21 10:17:18 EST 2021

*Octavia Butler was one of the premier science fiction writers of the 20th
century and is revered as a pioneer of Afrofuturism. *Her visionary works
of alternate futures reveal striking parallels to the world we live in
today. (Throughline

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