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Octavia Butler “Kindred”

Butler broke barriers as being one of the few African American science fictions writers, and the only science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Her most successful book is Kindred published in 1979. In it, the main character, Dana, an African-American woman, is transported back in time to nineteenth century Maryland where she meets her ancestors who include a White slave holder.

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