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Women History Month-Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction writer. A multiple-recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, which is nicknamed the "Genius Grant."
On March 10, 2016, I attended RADIO IMAGINATION: Octavia E. Butler's Los Angeles co-presented by Los Angeles Library Foundation and Clockshop. The program featured a panel discussion celebrating the 10th anniversary since the death of Octavia Butler. The life and achievements of Octavia Butler is unquestionable evidence that genius is not assigned to race, social economic status, gender, or sex identity. See attachment/picture and Octavia Butler interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66pu-Miq4tk