Octavia Butler was one of the most influential science fiction writers in recent generations. Her works used the genre as a platform to present themes and issues like race, gender, religion, class struggle, and many more. And plain and simple, her writing and stories are just damn good. Over the span of her career, Butler won virtually every major literary award for science fiction, and in 1995 she became the first sci-fi author to win the MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called Genius Grant.
Butler’s novels are being released as ebooks, with matching covers for the complete set. Io9 has the first look at the new artwork. Some of these images are quite striking. The Bloodchild, Imago, and Parable of the Sower ones are personal favorites. On the other hand, the cover for Dawn feels too little easy, and the covers for a few books from the Patternist series look like romance novels, especially Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind.
Overall these covers look really nice. The red, black, and gold color scheme is big and bold, matching the content and ideas contained within.
This question is beside off topic, but have many of you out there made the switch to ereaders—to Kindles or Nooks or another gizmo? People seem to love them. But there’s something about holding a physical book in your hand that is hard to get past. A musty, well-worn, mass-market paperback has a feel and smell that is an almost visceral part of the experience. It’s hard for me to give that up, no matter how convenient other forms may be.