Parable of the Sower
By Octavia E. Butler
Why this book?
Parable of the Sower, written way back in 1993, is set in a 2024 California ravaged by fires, authoritarianism, gun violence, and other fallout from a rapidly changing planet. This novel pulls it all together, connecting the dots of climate change, social injustice, and race and gender disparities. Butler, a black female writer, and the first science fiction writer to win a MacArthur fellowship, was eerily prescient, predicting not just the worldwide rise of fascism, but even our high-tech world, where virtual reality is used as recreational escapism. Her female protagonist wrestles with how to create a safer and more equitable future, which might not be possible on this planet. After you read this, read the sequel, Parable of the Talents.
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