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 The Octavian Files, this is my way of paying Homage and Respect to the Memory and the Immortal work of the Queen of Science Fiction Authorship ... to the Living Legacy of Octavia Ebutler, all are invited to share in this Circle.

Location: Jamaica NY
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Visiting Octavia

Started by Ayana J. Last reply by Carles CJ Juzang Apr 9, 2015. 13 Replies

I live in Southern California and visited Octavia Butler's grave last week. Here is a link to what the grave site looks like…Continue

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"The Visitor" Black Sci-fi film

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Ms. Butler's essay on writing

Started by Gayle Bell. Last reply by Regina Allen Aug 18, 2011. 5 Replies

I picked up a book of her essay's about 2 years ago, she had a wonderful essay on writing that I have taken to heart, but I can't remember the title.  Can anyone help me?Thank you,Gayle BellContinue

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Comment by Adalberto "Fonz" McFarlane on January 30, 2013 at 5:04pm

Administrator:

I had just looked at the Writer's House Literary Agency (they handle her books and publishing estate) and it shows this:

CLAY’S ARK by Octavia Butler to Dreamworks, co-agent Gary Pearl

So I do not know where you got your information from concerning Ernest Dickerson, unless He's the one Dreamworks assigned the project to. Can you give a link to your info? Also, I think her work would do great on SyFy Channel. They could put out a MOW (Movie Of the Week) every six months or yearly.

Comment by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on January 26, 2013 at 10:15pm

I just heard that Ernest Dickerson Shopping Adaptation Of Octavia Butler's 'Clay's Ark'.

I would love to see her work made into films. She was brilliant!

What do you think?

Comment by Gayle Bell on January 14, 2013 at 11:10am

I agree, her work had such meaning and scope.

Comment by Khafra K Om-Ra-Seti on January 14, 2013 at 2:14am

I also find it very interesting that wealthy and/or prominent Black filmmakers and actors have not tried to do independent projects of Octavia's books outside of Hollywood's control. The day will come when Black mythology, ancient mythological history, Black civilizations in outer space and ALL manner of creative expressions will explode on global markets. However, until that day arrives, Hollywood and Western Civilization will continue to SUPPRESS authentic Black cultural and mythological expressions for as long as it can be done. There is too much strength and power in Octavia Butler's work, and that is what they fear!  And that is why we will continue to SEE more slave movies and Tarzan (remakes are in the works) and NEVER anything dealing with Black history and culture outside of the past 500-year Holocaust period of Eurocentric domination.  

Comment by Ayana J on June 8, 2012 at 10:53am
Mark,

I didn't see Avengers but have also noticed many ideas being taken. For example, the blue natives in Avatar, Book of Eli's premise of walking California highways and religion. I'm sure there are others......Of course a few Star Trek, TNG borrow plot points.

I'm sure there are other authors whose ideas appear in film and television. I also watch Fringe and think it's one of the more diverse casts even though most of the main folks are not Black.

Interesting to ponder how archetypal ideas arise in collective representation. Thanks for reminding me about this.

Ayana
Comment by Ayana J on May 24, 2012 at 12:15pm
Hi Roy,

Her literary agent in NY is listed on her website would be the best place to start.

Ayana
Comment by Roy Hatcher on May 24, 2012 at 8:39am

Does anyone know how I would obtain permission to create an animation of Ms. Butlers works? I have searched online and haven't found what I am looking for.

Comment by ThirdEye C on February 25, 2012 at 9:55pm

im writing my thesis on Ms. Butler and her Adulthood Rites series....awesome series

 

Comment by Ayana J on February 21, 2012 at 12:35pm

Greetings!

An interesting blog about why Butler's books have not been adapted to film:

http://bit.ly/uHu3aA

Very informative. I use it as an example for undergrads about power dynamics and cultural mythology.

Enjoy!

Ayana

Comment by Radiant Child on February 20, 2012 at 11:59am

Peace all. I'm not sure how active this group is but I am beyond a fan of Ms Butler's works. I'm currently re-reading Adulthood Rites and recently stumbled across Book of Martha and Amnesty.

 

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