Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.

Octavia Butler Art Quote

Religion kept some of my relatives alive because it was all they had. If they hadn’t had some hope of heaven some companionship in Jesus they probably would have committed suicide their lives were so hellish.

Octavia Butler Hope Quote

Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you’re hurt you’re really on your own. You’re alone and there’s no one to help you.

Octavia Butler Loneliness Quote

No I think the future of humanity will be like the past we’ll do what we’ve always done and there will still be human beings. Granted there will always be people doing something different and there are a lot of possibilities.

Octavia Butler Future Quote

I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.

Octavia Butler Leadership Quote

And by the way I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction. You’ll note there’s no science in it. It’s a kind of grim fantasy.

Fantasy is totally wide open all you really have to do is follow the rules you’ve set. But if you’re writing about science you have to first learn what you’re writing about.

I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time.

I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.

No one was going to stop me from writing and no one had to really guide me towards science fiction. It was natural really that I would take that interest.

Science fiction let me do both. It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.

So fantasy was fine early on and when I discovered science fiction I was very happy with it because my first interest in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.

The thing about science fiction is that it’s totally wide open. But it’s wide open in a conditional way.

What I’m working on now – I’m back to fantasy although considering that it’s me I’m turning it into a kind of science fantasy. It’s a vampire story – but my vampires are biological vampires. They didn’t become vampires because someone bit them they were born that way.

Octavia Butler Science Quotes