As the acclaimed Patternist science fiction series begins, two immortals meet in the long-ago past—and mankind’s destiny is changed forever.
For a thousand years, Doro has cultivated a small African village, carefully breeding its people in search of seemingly unattainable perfection. He survives through the centuries by stealing the bodies of others, a technique he has so thoroughly mastered that nothing on Earth can kill him. But when a gang of New World slavers destroys his village, ruining his grand experiment, Doro is forced to go west and begin anew. He meets Anyanwu, a centuries-old woman whose means of immortality are as kind as his are cruel. She is a shapeshifter, capable of healing with a kiss, and she recognizes Doro as a tyrant. Though many humans have tried to kill them, these two demi-gods have never before met a rival. Now they begin a struggle that will last centuries and permanently alter the nature of humanity.
Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Octavia E. Butler’s sweeping cross-century epic places her “among the best of contemporary SF writers” (Houston Chronicle). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.
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History, fantasy, and pan-African culture combine in this singular, sweeping classic from fantasy master Octavia E. Butler. Anyanwu is a shape-shifter who can change her form at will. Doro is a shape-shifter too, but a very different kind—one who changes form by killing hosts and taking over their bodies in an attempt to create a master race. The strange, tumultuous power struggle between these two immortals serves as the backbone of a fascinating story that spans centuries. Butler pulls us into her mystical world with bewitching prose and deliberate pacing, exploring her usual themes of race, gender, and power. Wild Seed is compelling alternate-history science fiction at its very best.
Distinguished science fiction
Wild Seed is a new concept of science fiction. It kept me fascinated until the very end.
Hit after hit!
I’ve nearly read all of her books at this point and I can always see the same “theme” in them, but it never gets old! She is a masterful storyteller, and even with those similarities the stories are always new! I finished this book in a matter of hours, I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend all of her books, especially this series! What an interesting and terrifying concept. It’s like being stuck with a sociopath, that cares for you only to the point of you being useful, but never respects you as an actual being, always at their beck and call and never actually being able to fight for yourself. And she did a wonderful job describing those feelings of being trapped. On to Mind of My Mind!
Butler explores the immortality theme much the same way as the great Roger Zelazny did in many of his works. To me, this is Fantasy, not Science Fiction, nonetheless it's a triumph in modern literature.