Octavia Estelle Butler (1947-2006), "the first African-American woman to gain popularity and critical acclaim as a major science fiction writer", died on Saturday after suffering a fall on the pavement outside her home. There is a lot of obituaries and memories all over the net - the Octavia E Butler homepage is as good a place as any to start for more information; wood s lot has a lot of links too (scroll down to the entries dated 02.27.06).

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