[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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by *Jill Hudson*
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200,000 lives lost in the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 22, 2020 in
Washington, D.C. The U.S. will likely cross the mark of half a million
lives lost to COVID-19 in the coming days.]
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*The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 is on track to pass a number next week
that once seemed unthinkable: Half a million people in this country dead
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was unimaginable when the first few people died of COVID-19 in the U.S last
February.

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*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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)

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