Signal Boost of the Week goes to The Carl Brandon Society, which has a new fundraiser, Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars. For only an $8.01 donation to the CBS, — whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction — you can download an eBook of Bloodchildren, which is edited by Nisi Shawl, features a forward by Nalo Hopkinson, and includes stories by Indrapramit Das, Shweta Narayan, Caren Gussoff, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lisa Bolekaja, Chris Caldwell, Jeremy Sim, Erik Owomoyela, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Mary Burroughs, and Kai Ashante Wilson.
Don’t hesitate, though — the special eBook is only available until June 22nd, which would be Ms. Butler’s 66th birthday.
“There is a sentence in one of these fine stories, ‘Légendaire.’ by Kai Ashante Wilson, which is pure poetry: ‘As glowing coals in a fire are steeped with richer color than the fire itself, so, pale as moonlight, a shine appears in the air around Papa’s head, and where his naps grow, not black but indigo-color, round the edges of his hairline, the widow’s peak, sideburns, and kitchen: every curly strand fills with brilliance, the way hot coals do, but this light makes no heat, and it shimmers, blue as the sky at noon.’
“And it was at the moment of reading this line that something relaxed within me. I’d been impressed and entertained before that moment, but in reading Wilson’s story I realized that this collection really was inspired by one of the great modern masters of the SF form, inspired in the highest sense of the word. Octavia Estelle Butler was my friend, the most dedicated writer I’ve ever known, and a shy, sweet, generous giant of a woman. This collection celebrates her life and legacy, but more to the point, it is an opportunity for a generation of writers to announce their arrival in a burst of literary thunder.”
“Rest well, Octavia: your legacy is safe.”
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