Unexpected Stories

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Publisher Description

An NPR Books Great Read: Two never-before-published stories from the archives of one of science fiction’s all-time masters.

The novella “A Necessary Being” showcases Octavia E. Butler’s ability to create alien yet fully believable “others.” Tahneh’s father was a Hao, one of a dwindling race whose leadership abilities render them so valuable that their members are captured and forced to govern. When her father dies, Tahneh steps into his place, both chief and prisoner, and for twenty years has ruled without ever meeting another of her kind. She bears her loneliness privately until the day that a Hao youth is spotted wandering into her territory. As her warriors sharpen their weapons, Tahneh must choose between imprisoning the newcomer—and living the rest of her life alone.

The second story in this volume, “Childfinder,” was commissioned by Harlan Ellison for his legendary (and never-published) anthology The Last Dangerous Visions™. A disaffected telepath connects with a young girl in a desperate attempt to help her harness her growing powers. But in the richly evocative fiction of Octavia E. Butler, mentorship is a rocky path, and every lesson comes at a price.

The award-winning author of science fiction classics Parable of the Sower and Kindred bestows these compelling, long lost gems “like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you’ve read a dozen times has an extra chapter” (Los Angeles Review of Books).
Harlan Ellison and Dangerous Visions are registered trademarks of the Kilimanjaro Corporation. All rights reserved.

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2014
June 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
95
Pages
PUBLISHER
Open Road Media
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
4.5
MB

Customer Reviews

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Two Early Butler Shorts

The two stories that comprise this volume were previously unpublished, and were discovered when Octavia Butler's effects were being curated after her death. Thus, the title of the volume. One is a novella dealing with a alien bipedal chameleon-skinned race, who are absolutely bound by caste and color. The second is a short story that deals with a renegade telepathic "child-finder" who's gift is to identify and train children with PSI talent. Both were very good stories, and the e-book version also has some nice biographical information and photographs from Ms. Butler's life as bonus content, as well as information on the discovery of these stories.

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