Dana, jeune femme noire d'aujourd'hui, se retrouve propulsée au temps de l'esclavage dans une plantation du Sud et y rencontre ses ancêtres...
UN ROMAN D'AVENTURE QUI EXPLORE LES IMPACTS DU RACISME, DU SEXISME ET DE LA SUPRÉMATIE BLANCHE.
En 2025 aux États-Unis, après l'effondrement du dollar, l'exclusion, la misère et la violence atteignent des proportions inégalées. Les propriétaires sont barricadés et armés contre les pillards, les crève-la-faim, les pyromanes ou les bandes furieuses de drogués. Dans ce monde détruit, quelques groupes tentent de s'organiser pour survivre. C'est au sein de l'une de ces communautés que vit Lauren, quinze ans, noire, fille du premier mariage d'un pasteur noir et d'une junkie, dotée d'une faiblesse génétique, une hyper-empathie qui lui fait ressentir physiquement la douleur ou le plaisir d'autrui.
Jetée sur les routes dans un exode de cauchemar, la jeune fille trace son chemin à travers le chaos, semant une parole d'espoir pour une nouvelle humanité auprès des déshérités.
L'histoire se poursuit dans un second volume, La Parabole des talents, disponible au Diable vauvert.
Californie 2032. La fille de Lauren, Asha, créatrice de jeux virtuels, découvre le journal dans lequel Lauren a posé les bases de Semence de la Terre, bible humaniste et pacifiste.
Dans un pays au comble du chaos, les élections portent au pouvoir le révérend Jarret, un chrétien fondamentaliste. L'Amérique renoue avec la grande tradition de l'esclavagisme, dernière étape avant l'ouverture de camps de détentions destinés aux rebelles. C'est le sort réservé à la communauté Semence de la Terre. Lauren entre en résistance et subit le pire sans jamais se résigner, masquant son hyper empathie à ses bourreaux, et luttant pour s'évader, retrouver les siens et réensemencer la vie.
Un magnifique roman qui interroge l'altérité, questionne l'humain et constitue le testament littéraire d'Octavia E. Butler.
Imaginez une gamine de 10 ans, noire et amnésique, cherchant ceux qui l'ont laissée pour morte dans une forêt après avoir décimé sa famille. Traquée par des ennemis inidentifiables, elle remonte peu à peu le fil de sa vie passée pour se rendre compte qu'elle est en réalité âgée de 53 ans, dotée de pouvoirs surnaturels et d'une sexualité aussi vitale qu'ambiguë.... Qu'elle est en fait un vampire génétiquement modifié pour pouvoir vivre à la lumière du jour.
Years ago a group known as the Terrans left Earth in search of a life free of persecution. Now they live alongside the Tlic, an alien race who face extinction; their only chance of survival is to plant their larvae inside the bodies of the humans.
When Gan, a young, boy, is chosen as a carrier of Tlic eggs, he faces an impossible dilemma: can he really help the species he has grown up with, even if it means sacrificing his own life?
Bloodchild is Octavia E. Butler's shattering meditation on symbiosis, love, power and tough choices. It won the Hugo, Locus, Nebula and Science Fiction Chronicle awards and is widely regarded as one of her greatest works.
Shori wakes up in wilderness with extensive injuries and no memories. As she recovers, the realisation that she has very unhuman needs and abilities leads to a shocking conclusion: Shori is a 53-year-old vampire.
To have a future, she must unravel her past ... because the people that nearly killed her haven't given up.
Lauren Olamina's love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led her to found a new faith that teaches 'God Is Change'.
But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to the violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat.
Soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers - or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny.
When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social breakdown, no one is safe.
In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, the young daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out from their ravaged gated community into the unprotected American landscape.
But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny ... and the birth of a new faith.
Kindred is Hugo and Nebula Award winner Octavia E. Butler's 1979 masterpiece. An essential read which explores themes of racial and gender identity with insight and originality, for fans of the Hulu TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. 'A shattering work of art' Los Angeles Herald-Examiner On her twenty-sixth birthday, Dana and her husband are moving into their apartment when she starts to feel dizzy. She falls to her knees, nauseous. Then the world falls away.She finds herself at the edge of a green wood by a vast river. A child is screaming. Wading into the water, she pulls him to safety, only to find herself face to face with a very old looking rifle, in the hands of the boy's father. She's terrified. The next thing she knows she's back in her apartment, soaking wet. It's the most terrifying experience of her life ... until it happens again.The longer Dana spends in nineteenth century Maryland - a very dangerous place for a black woman - the more aware she is that her life might be over before it's even begun.What readers are saying about KINDRED:'It was written in 1979 but could have been written last year. Incredible. I couldn't put it down' 'The narrator is us - we see the abomination and humiliation of slavery not through a slave's eyes, but our modern-day eyes, and it makes it all the more powerful' 'A must-read for everyone''Emotionally and viscerally alive and challenging. I don't know how I missed it before now'
@18@Fledgling@19@, Octavia Butler@12@s last novel, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted@95@mdash;and still wants@95@mdash;to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. @18@Fledgling@19@ is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.@16@@16@@16@@18@From the Hardcover edition.@19@
Includes the novels WILD SEED, MIND OF MY MIND, CLAY'S ARK, PATTERNMASTER
The Patternist series, collected here in one edition, chart an epic secret history that's roots lie in the dawn of civilization, and whose tangled branches reach far into our future.
It begins when two immortals meet. Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts; Anyanwu can change her very shape, absorbing bullets as easily as she can heal with a kiss. Their relationship, albeit as marked by hate as by love, will change the world.
After years of selected breeding, their 'Patternists' are becoming increasing harder to control, and harder to hide from society. They will eventually bring humanity to the brink of extinction and beyond, into a nightmare that Doro and Anyanwu could never have anticipated.
The future of both humans and Oankali rests in one young being's hands...The electrifying and unputdownable Imago is the final novel in the Xenogenesis trilogy by the 'grand dame of science fiction' and Hugo, Locus and Nebula award-winning author Octavia E. Butler. Imago is sure to enthral fans of Naomi Alderman's The Power and thrilling blockbusters Black Panther and Ready Player One. '[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human' New York Times 'Butler is among the best of contemporary sci-fi writers' Houston Post The trilogy concludes as Jodahs seeks the one thing the Oankali's amazing science cannot provide... a miracle.Child of the Earth and stars, Jodahs can shapeshift, heal the maimed, cure cancer ... and create contagion with every breath. The child is an ooloi, a being beyond gender, born with the alien Oankali power to mix pure DNA within its body. But Jodahs is also the first ooloi born to a human mother, and its destiny is unknown. The futures if both humans and Oankali rest in one young being's successful metamorphosis into adulthood.Jodahs can become a mad, living plague - or a bridge of peace. Its challenge is to reconcile its galactic heritage of gene trading with the rage of a people facing a terrifying dilemma. For human children will inherit the universe only if they lose all that makes them human.What readers are saying about IMAGO: 'The interweaving of alien and human concepts, feelings and beliefs are marvellously written, pulling you further into the story''Such a unique story. If you want fresh and different you will love this trilogy''The creativity with which Butler creates her worlds is astounding. I just get lost in them'
Child of the Earth and stars, Jodahs can shapeshift, heal the maimed, cure cancer ... and create contagion with every breath. The child is an ooloi, a being beyond gender, born with the alien Oankali power to mix pure DNA within its body. But Jodahs is also the first ooloi born to a human mother, and its destiny is unknown. The futures if both humans and Oankali rest in one young being's successful metamorphosis into adulthood.
Jodahs can become a mad, living plague - or a bridge of peace. Its challenge is to reconcile its galactic heritage of gene trading with the rage of a people facing a terrifying dilemma. For human children will inherit the universe only if they lose all that makes them human.
Will humanity be forever changed?Brilliant and captivating, Dawn is the first book in the Xenogenesis trilogy by the 'grand dame of science fiction' and Hugo, Locus and Nebula award-winning author Octavia E. Butler. The perfect read for fans of Ursula Le Guin's gripping sci-fi novels, Naomi Alderman's The Power and thrilling blockbusters Black Panther and Arrival. '[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human' New York Times 'Elegant and thoughtful, and I highly recommend it' Greg Bear, Hugo and Nebula award-winning authorIn a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation and begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet.When Lilith Iyapo is 'awakened', she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying Oankali, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become.But the Oankali cannot help humanity without altering it forever. Bonded to the aliens in ways no human has ever known, Lilith tries to fight them even as her own species comes to fear and loathe her.What readers are saying about DAWN:'A parable for modern times''I couldn't put it down! A well-spun story of the human condition and our sometimes-self-destructive behaviour. Brilliant''Wonderful, timeless and thought-provoking'