Two early stories by Octavia Butler, “A Necessary Being” and “Childfinder,” have been located and will be published as an e-book on June 24. Unexpected Stories will be published by Open Road Integrated Media with an introduction by Walter Mosley. The stories were discovered by Marilee Heifetz, Butler’s agent, while looking through Butler’s papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the recipients of this year’s Solstice Award, presented for significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape. The awards will be presented during the Nebula Award Weekend in Arlington, Virginia on May 19. This year’s recipients include Octavia Butler and John Clute. Butler’s fiction delved into sociological, political and religious issues, explored gender, sexuality and cultural identity. She looked for the problems in the world, and tried to find answers and solutions. Clute is the author of several collections of criticism and critical essays on the genre, as well as the 2001 space opera, Appleseed, whose most notable work is a trio of reference works: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.