Where Are The Adaptations Of Octavia Butler’s Work?

Parable Of The SowerFrom the time that I could read, science fiction and fantasy were my mediums of choice.  (Horror–with a vengeance–came later).

From Edmund Cooper (The Overman Culture–the first book I am aware of reading with a gay protagonist–, Seahorse In The Sky) to Ursula K. LeGuin (The Left Hand of Darkness, The Earthsea novels, etc) and a lot in-between; I’ve always been an avid reader.

Which is why when they were making movies based on young adult novels like The Hunger Games, it gave me hope that a lot of the books that I lost myself in as a young person would come full circle to entertain me as an adult by being made into movies and television shows.

This has happened with Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as many other writers like LeGuin and Stephanie Meyer (who’s work I have never read).

Though I’ve come to notice something, namely that there isn’t any representation of African-American science fiction writers.  And I’ll be honest, I am only aware of one, and that’s Octavia Butler.  But what a writer she is!  Before her death in 2006 she had won numerous awards for her writing, but that’s less important that her work is really, really good.

I have read the books that comprise her Zenogenesis Saga (Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago) as well as her Patternist series, which are some of the best science fiction I have ever read–what I found a bit odd, and somewhat disappointing, to tell you the truth, was that Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage covered similar territory, though not nearly as well.

The legacy, the novels that she’s left behind are still with us though as far as I know no one is talking about adapting them for either movies or television.

And that’s a shame, because her writing is not only as good, but perhaps better than a lot of the stuff that has been adapted so far, but her work has this weird, alien quality that’s unlike anything that we have seen to this point.

Though I get the feeling that a lot of Hollywood thinks as Matt Damon apparently does, namely that a diversity of voices is okay as long as they don’t have anything do with writing or they’re not behind the camera.

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