Diehard fans of prize-winning science fiction author Octavia Butler will be ecstatic to know that two of her stories – penned in the 1970s – were discovered and compiled into an e-book titled “Unexpected Stories.”
“Unexpected Stories” reveals the themes that would become Butler’s lexicon: the complicating mysteries we assign to power, race, and gender,” writes best-selling crime writer Walter Mosley, who also contributes an introduction. “Reading these tales is like looking at a photograph of a child who you only knew as an adult. In her eyes you can see the woman that you came to know much later; a face, not yet fully formed, that contains the promise of something that is now a part of you; the welcomed surprise of recognition in innocent eyes.”
The two individual stories are “A Necessary Being,” which tells of how the leaders of two ancient tribes “must broker a delicate peace to ensure that their peoples are to survive,” and “Childfinder,” in which a young woman “locates children with budding psionic powers and teaches them to protect themselves from society.”
Butler, who died in 2006 at age 58, was one of the first black science fiction writers to receive mainstream attention and was known for such books as “Bloodchild and Other Stories” and the novel “Parable of the Sower.” She was posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2010.
“Unexpected Stories” will be released on June 24, says digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media.