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This exciting collection presents two previously unpublished stories by SF legend Octavia E. Butler.

A Necessary Being precedes the events of Survivor, Butler's third (famously disowned) installment in her Patternist series, and includes characters from it, focusing exclusively on the Kohn, aliens who build their social hierarchies on the blueness of their fur.

In Childfinder, a black woman with the gift of identifying children with latent psychic ability refuses to share her skill with an organization of white telepaths.

©2014 Octavia E. Butler (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Butler spotlights racism, resistance, compromise

I only recently discovered that Butler died in 2006 which makes these stories, novellas, and novels all the more precious. With the most fertile of imaginations, she develops science, or fantasy, or speculative fiction that needs no reference to whizz bang gizmos, tech talk, or warp drives. These two stories, one much longer than the other, are about people, or more pertinently, peoples where accommodation or adjustment to change, resistance to injustice, and thoughtful right-doing predominate. Racism/tribalism/speciesism figure prominently as in all her books. But don't be afraid she might be preaching, she doesn't, not once, not ever because these characters are so rounded you feel like neighbours by the end. What a shame there will be no more.

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  • Adé Ngeno
  • 30-06-19

Octavia B. is the John Coltrane of Scifi fantasy

This woman.... oh how I wish we had more time with her. For me she is the John Coltrane... the Nina Simone ... the Monk of Scifi fantasy I can read her stories over and over again... it hits me like a favorite jazz song.

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  • Adiva
  • 23-01-20

I'm a huge O . Butler stan. great work!

This shirt work was very enjoyable. O.B. at her finest. I'm hungry for more. Excellent narration

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  • JDub
  • 13-06-21

Always Interesting

Octavia Butler is one of my favorite authors. She baits you in and takes you on a journey. Nothing is different with these two novellas. She left me wanting to know how the two stories characters will continue in there worlds. I was fully invested and my only let down was there wasn't anymore to read.

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  • C.
  • 06-12-20

Long Live Octavia Butler's Masterful Storytelling

These stories made me even more grateful for Octavia Butler's resolve to share her gift and make the reader feel through words. They also made me miss her equally.

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  • Virginia Hampton
  • 27-08-20

amazing as usual!

I am a Butler fan from way back. These stories are worth a good listen.

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  • NaLaH
  • 21-07-20

Amazing Short Read

I am always amazed at how I easily allow myself to accept the worlds that Butler effortlessly creates. This was my first time reading her shorter works and each one made me want more. She approaches issues of tolerance, peace, power, land stewardship, aging, psychic gifts and more like no other. Dig in!

And I will read ANYTHING that Robin Miles narrates. She's incredible!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-20

AWESOME!

I'm not surprised that these novellas were soooooo great. I wish she were alive for more!

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  • Sang23
  • 07-02-20

Great

It's very hard to go wrong with an octavia buttler book. I've liked almost every single one.