Although there's a time travel plot device that's responsible for the experiences undergone by the protagonist Dana in Octavia E. Butler's classic 1979 novel Kindred, the book isn't really science fiction or fantasy. Instead, it's a compelling and powerful historical novel showcasing the African American perspective on slavery in the antebellum South during the early 19th century.
February 2010 Archives
Part space opera adventure, part sociological observation, Samuel R. Delany's groundbraking 1968 novel Nova (click here to reserve a copy online) still holds up after over forty years.
Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was the first African-American female science fiction/fantasy writer to gain widespread acclaim by fans and critics during her lifetime. Her works, including the classic novel Kindred, are notable for their sensitive and perceptive insights on political/social issues that affect anyone, or any society, over race, sex, religious beliefs and other topics.
The upcoming remake of the 1981 film Clash of the Titans, due sometime this spring, reminded me that (a) Greenwich Library has the DVD of the original version -reserve it here-, and (b) that I hadn't seen it in a long time (think a decade or two)!