Gerry Canavan

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Short Excerpt from My Book Up at University of Illinois Press: “Making America Great Again with Octavia Butler”

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I never got around to making a long link post this weekend, so just in case you missed it I wanted to flag that a short excerpt from my book (reskinned around the recent election) is up now at the University of Illinois Press blog: “Making America Great Again with Octavia Butler.” While the frame of this version of the material is now about Trump, the real meat of this thing is about Reagan, and about Butler’s special contempt for him not just during his presidency but across the remainder of her life.

I also talk a bit about what is probably my favorite of her unfinished novels, Paracelete. Check it out!

And don’t forget to buy the whole book, which is available now!

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  1. Purchased. Really looking forward to this one.

    (But DAMN are University Press kindle books absurdly priced.)

    By the by, I keep wondering if Butler’s Parable series might be the most accurate image of our future now. Except there’ll be more bad stuff from climate change & fewer inspiring religions.

    Stephen Frug

    November 18, 2016 at 9:37 am

    • Hope you like it! It does seem to be a genuinely terrifying time…

      gerrycanavan

      November 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

      • Rereading Parable of the Sower, thanks to your book & the kindle sale. I will admit I forgot how big a role climate change played in its slow apocalypse. So maybe it’s just accurate.

        Got we’re screwed.

        Stephen Frug

        November 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm


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