Octavia E. Butler | Critical Review by Orson Scott Card

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SOURCE: A review of Mind of My Mind, Patternmaster, and Survivor, in Fantasy & Science Fiction, January, 1992, pp. 52-4.

In the following review, Card praises Butler for her development of the "psi" theme in her Patternist novels.

It's odd, I know, to review novels that are out of print or available only in British editions. But Octavia Butler is far too important a novelist—and these books are far too powerful—to be languishing out of print in the United States.

While it's true that her Xenogenesis books (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago) are more satisfying as hard science fiction, and show how much power her storytelling has gained in the years of her career, the fact remains that these are wonderful, inventive novels that deserve to be read. They are even worth hunting down from mail-order and specialty stores until such time...

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