Two Octavia E. Butler conferences in the same year!?! I’m not sure my nerd heart can take it. My pockets are so dry though. However on the off chance that I might be able to rub some coins together and attend Shaping Change, I am challenging myself to finish reading the rest of Butler’s fiction before June. Currently I’m reading Clay’s Ark, and listening to Parable of the Talents. I’d like to read the series in chronological order, so I’m going to have to find Survivor – which is out of print because OEB disliked it. I want a physical copy, but if none are available, I was told there are ways of accessing it online. Then all that will be left is Patternmaster.
I still don’t have a paper ready to submit…but I’m one baby step closer. After doing the Wikipediathon at the conference put on by the Octavia E. Butler Society, I realized that there aren’t many critical essays specifically about Mind of My Mind. The ones that I’ve found deal with the Patternist series as a whole. Her ideas about community and consent jumped out at me as a topic, but I haven’t written anything down yet.
Are you going to the conference?