SPRINGFIELD–The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Dawn” by Octavia E. Butler.
Dawn is first in the series entitled Lilith’s Blood (formerly the Xenogenesis trilogy.) The central characters in the trilogy are Lilith and her genetically altered children. In “Dawn,” Lilith and a few other surviving humans are saved by extraterrestrials, the Oankali, after a “handful of people [a military group] tried to commit humanicide.”
A nuclear war destroyed much of Earth. The human race, now infertile, fights to maintain its identity when the Oankali offer to trade genetic material and bioengineering at the price of metamorphosing a new kind of being. Dawn creates a stunning vision of abduction and seduction by an alien species. Lilith’s story evokes the experience of an African woman swept into slavery in the 18th century and the dehumanization of slave conditions.
Octavia E. Butler was one of the best-known among the few African-American women in her field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.
Discussions take place at 7 p.m. in the Palmer Museum. Refreshments are served. New members are welcome. To reserve your copy of the book call 1-973-376-4930 x229 or send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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