Parable Series by Octavia Butler Conversation 6
Follow-up of Parables + Additional Reading of Haraway and Butler
This session is a follow-up on Butler’s Parable books. We will also include her short story “The Book of Martha” and Donna Haraway’s relevant chapter “Sowing Worlds: A Seed Bag for Terraforming with Earth Others” from her recent book Staying with the Trouble.
Additional Reading and Video
Butler’s “The Book of Martha”:
Information about "the Book of Martha"
We briefly discussed using this short story by Octavia Butler as a potential additional element to our Wrap-up discussion. It can also be found in her short story collection Bloodchild (though only in the 2005 edition). I am in love with this story. It gracefully corrals many of Butler’s/the Parables’ themes into a more user-friendly setting (the emotional requirements are minimal!) and gives voice to Butler; one could say that she wrote herself and her vision into this story.
In Butler’s own (after)words:
“The Book of Martha” is my utopia story. I don’t like most utopia stories because I don’t believe them for a moment. It seems inevitable that my utopia would be someone else’s hell. So, of course, I have God demand of poor Martha that she come up with a utopia that would work. And where else could it work but in everyone’s private, individual dreams?
A summary is also on this wikipedia page.
The-Book-of-Martha_Octavia-Butler.pdf (107.1 KB)
Donna Haraway’s “Sowing Worlds: A Seed Bag for Terraforming with Earth Others” from her recent book Staying with the Trouble.
- What change would we want to make if we could make only one? One important change. Would we accept (the consequences of) that power, after all?
- [insert your question on this wiki]
All sessions will occur 10 AM- 12PM MDT; 12 PM - 2 PM EDT
In your timezone: 4:00:00 PM → 6:00:00 PM
Week 9 (Oct. 3rd): Parable of the Talents - Wrap-up + a short story from Butler and essay from Haraway
Week 11 (Oct. 17th): Potential follow-up with Miranda
For more information about Butler and her books, refer back to the [announcement thread. (https://www.infiniteconversations.com/t/octavia-butler-parable-of-the-sower-parable-of-the-talents/2207).