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Thread started 08/09/17 11:39pm

morningsong

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Octavia Butler coming to the small screen

:excited:


"Dawn" lurking


http://deadline.com/2017/...45539/amp/

The classic 1987 science fiction novel by the Nebula- and Hugo Award-winning author has been picked up by Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro and director-writer Victoria Mahoney for adaption into a television series, I’ve learned.
“Do I dare Disturb the universe?”
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“Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it”
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Reply #1 posted 08/10/17 4:44pm

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Loving these tweets. I'm feeling the same way. I love this woman.


https://twitter.com/ava/s...adaptation

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Reply #2 posted 08/12/17 12:55pm

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Still waiting for the big sceen, but I'll settle for small. This is welcome news.

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πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶ τὸ ζῆν
τὸ τέλος ὁ χρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ.”
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Reply #3 posted 08/12/17 3:04pm

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What is about?????

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Reply #4 posted 08/13/17 10:25pm

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1st book in the trilogy Xenogenesis (Lilith's Brood)


Dawn‘s Lilith Iyapo is a young black woman who is awakened 250 years after a nuclear holocaust practically destroys Earth, on an enormous ship orbiting the remains of the planet. The alien Oankali have rescued/captured the few surviving humans and begun regenerating the planet so it can again be habitable. These humanoid, tentacled higher beings intend to temporarily return the humans to Earth, but it wouldn’t be a Butler novel if there weren’t some sort of tremendous sacrifice involved. The Oankali are gene traders. They travel the galaxy improving their race by joining up with the races they encounter. They’ve saved humanity in order to fulfill their biological imperative to interbreed. Lilith will be a leader in one of the new human-Oankali communities on Earth. Her children may have fun tentacles. And she has no say in the matter. Lilith reacts to this with more than a little skepticism and repulsion.
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Reply #5 posted 08/14/17 12:00am

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I really wish she had a chance to complete her last trilogy.


Nearly all of the texts focus on a character named Imara — who has been named the Guardian of Lauren Olamina's ashes, who is often said to be her distant relative, and who is plainly imagined as the St. Paul to Olamina's Christ (her story sometimes begins as a journalist who has gone undercover with the Earthseed "cult" to expose Olamina as a fraud, and winds up getting roped in). Imara awakens from cryonic suspension on an alien world where she and most of her fellow Earthseed colonists are saddened to discover they wish they'd never left Earth in the first place. The world — called "Bow" — is gray and dank, and utterly miserable; it takes its name from the only splash of color the planet has to offer, its rare, naturally occurring rainbows. They have no way to return to Earth, or to even to contact it; all they have is what little they've brought with them, which for most (but not all) of them is a strong belief in the wisdom of the teachings of Earthseed. Some are terrified; many are bored; nearly all are deeply unhappy. Her personal notes frame this in biological terms. From her notes to herself: "Think of our homesickness as a phantom-limb pain — a somehow neurologically incomplete amputation. Think of problems with the new world as graft-versus-host disease — a mutual attempt at rejection."

From here the possible plots begin to multiply beyond all reason. In some of the texts, the colonists are in total denial about the fact that they are all slowly going blind; in others the blindness is sudden, striking randomly and irreversibly; in others they all begin to go insane, or suffer seizures, or mad rages, or fall into long comas; in still others they begin to hurt and kill each other for no other reason than the basic inevitable frailty of human nature (the same, alas, on any world). In one of the versions of the novel the colonists develop a telepathic capacity that soon turns nightmarish when they are unable to resist it or shut it off; in one twist on this idea it's only the women who are so empowered, with the men organizing a secret conspiracy to figure out how they might regain control.

There's a version where the blindness and the telepathy are linked; Imara becomes able to see out of others' eyes as she loses the ability to see out of her own. In some Imara finds she needs to solve a murder, the first murder on the new world; in still others Imara herself is murdered, but discovers that on this strange alien world she is somehow able to haunt another colonists' body as a ghost, replicating Doro's power from the Patternist books and thereby linking even the Parables to the speculative universe she first developed as a teenager. Sometimes Imara is an Earthseed skeptic; other times she is a true believer; sometimes she is, like Olamina, a hyperempath; still other times the cure for "sharing" has been discovered in the form of an easy, noninvasive pill. Sometimes Bow is inhabited by small animals, other times by dinosaur-like giant sauropods, and still other times by just moss and lichens; sometimes the colonists seem to encounter intelligent aliens who might be real, but might just be tokens of their escalating collective madness; and on and on and on.

One version of the blindness narrative is abandoned with no small grumbling after José Saramago wins the Nobel Prize for Blindness in 1998; another is put aside after she determines it's just too similar to Kim Stanley Robinson's famous Red Mars; still another is abandoned shortly after Butler frustratedly, self-loathingly declares Imara to have "a personality more like mine" against Olamina's "super me — the me I wish I was." Sometimes Earthseed seems more like a self-help philosophy; sometimes it becomes a genuinely mystical, transcendent religion; sometimes we see it begin to shift from the first toward the second; sometimes it suffers schisms, heresies, and purges. Sometimes Imara is a former cop; sometimes she is a trained psychologist; sometimes she's a doctor; sometimes she's that undercover journalist; still other times she was the victim of a horrific series of rapes as a child, saved by one of Olamina's orphanages when no other entity or institution would bother. When Butler begins writing the book, Newt Gingrich is named as the model for the central antagonist; in the versions from the 2000s, it's George W. Bush; sometimes in between it's other science fiction writers with whom Butler didn't especially get along.
I corresponded with Canavan, and asked if he'd found any hints about where
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Reply #6 posted 08/14/17 2:56am

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morningsong said:

1st book in the trilogy Xenogenesis (Lilith's Brood) Dawn‘s Lilith Iyapo is a young black woman who is awakened 250 years after a nuclear holocaust practically destroys Earth, on an enormous ship orbiting the remains of the planet. The alien Oankali have rescued/captured the few surviving humans and begun regenerating the planet so it can again be habitable. These humanoid, tentacled higher beings intend to temporarily return the humans to Earth, but it wouldn’t be a Butler novel if there weren’t some sort of tremendous sacrifice involved. The Oankali are gene traders. They travel the galaxy improving their race by joining up with the races they encounter. They’ve saved humanity in order to fulfill their biological imperative to interbreed. Lilith will be a leader in one of the new human-Oankali communities on Earth. Her children may have fun tentacles. And she has no say in the matter. Lilith reacts to this with more than a little skepticism and repulsion. [Edited 8/13/17 22:32pm]

Sounds interesting, will check it out for sure

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