I’ve written before about how amazing a writer Octavia E. Butler was. Her stories themselves are amazing, and she was too – simplistically put, she was a woman of color writing at a time when the field of science fiction was dominated by white men.
Diversity is essential to art and to culture and to humanity. So, help the Carl Brandon Society raise funds for this scholarship administered in the name of a great speculative writer. Then you can download an ebook anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories written by students who have attended a Clarion workshop through the support of the scholarship. Reap the rewards of diversity and good writing.
I’ve downloaded mine!
Read below the information from Book View Cafe’s website (then go to their site and order! It’s fast and simple – even I had no difficulties):
Donate $8.01 to the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Fund. Reap the reward right now.
Every year, the Carl Brandon Society, whose goal is to increase diversity in the field of science fiction, presents scholarships to two students of color accepted to the prestigious Clarion and Clarion West writers’ workshops. The scholarships, named in honor of the brilliant African-American writer Octavia Butler, pay workshop tuition and housing fees for the recipients. Since 2007, they have made it possible for eleven students to attend the workshops.
Give a little, get a free ebook.
If you contribute a mere $8.01 to the scholarship fund, you can download Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, an ebook anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories by these students — the voices of the new generation of writers of color in speculative fiction.
Edited by Nisi Shawl, Bloodchildren includes an introduction by Nalo Hopkinson and a memoir by Vonda N. McIntyre of her friendship with Octavia Butler, which began when they were students together at the Clarion Workshop in 1970.
The collection includes ground-breaking stories by Indrapramit Das, Shweta Narayan, Caren Gussoff, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lisa Bolekaja, Chris Caldwell, Jeremy Sim, Erik Owomoyela, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Mary Burroughs, and Kai Ashante Wilson.
This special ebook is available only until June 22, 2013, Octavia’s birthday. She would have been sixty-six this year.
Octavia taught at Clarion and Clarion West, and provided enormous support there — and elsewhere — to other writers of color. Through these scholarships, she continues to do so.
Help continue Octavia’s work.
Please support the scholarship program right now with a modest $8.01 donation, and then download your gift: this original anthology celebrating an international coterie of writers who are truly the children and inheritors of Octavia Butler.
Contents of Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, edited by Nisi Shawl
Introduction by Nalo Hopkinson
“Speech Sounds” by Octavia E. Butler
“Octavia Estelle Butler” by Vonda N. McIntyre
“My Love Will Never Die” by Christopher Caldwell
“Falling into the Earth” by Shweta Narayan
“Free Bird” by Caren Gussoff
“Impulse” by Mary Burroughs
“Dancing in the Shadow of the Once” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
“Légendaire.” by Kai Ashante Wilson
“Steal the Sky” by Erik Owomoyela
“/sit” by Jeremy Sim
“Re: Christmas, Bainbridge Island” by Dennis Y. Ginoza
“The Runner of n-Vamana” by Indrapramit Das
“The Salt Water African” by Lisa Bolekaja