KINDRED (1976) Sketch for A Sci - Fi OPERA from the novel by Octavia Butler . Sketch of Opening scene missing Prelude that will open opera..


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Octavia Butler (1947-2006 ) along with Ursula LeGuin may be one of the most widely read female science fiction or speculative fiction authors- that she was writing when so few female authors were interested or writing specualtive fiction is surprising that she was also a black -American came as a revelation to me since I had only heard of . She was in 1976 the year this novel was published a rare sort : A black female writing about extraterrestials who were sometimes mutants , amended human beings or just plain misunderstood , invisible almost unknown black women . In this novel she uses a popular and well- worn device Welles time travel but without the shiny technological apparatus so fetishized in he science-fictin communities .Instead she uses a psychological rather nightmarish new mode time travel achieved through mental symbiosis . A young boy calls her whenever his life is threatened . She visits his Weylin plantation 6 times . The first time it happens she is moving with her friend Kevin into their new home in Los Angeles . She turns up almost without warning as a slave rescues the boy from drowning and then looks up at the barrel of her white slave headmaster . These journeys then begin to happen often leaving her scarredwith the tribulations and heartrending treatment of being a former slave .At one point she sees a Bible with many inked first names ,ages and skills on it . She says to herself " All these ancestors who Im related to and who came before me whom I will never know ." That is or can be a dilemma for any human being and in away defines home and who we are .The perils of defining , making , being at one with oneself as well as
being at home with one's heritage are just some of the
questions burrowing in the heart of this timeless novel . For me it was a way of making Southern Baptist tinged music , recalling prairie sounds and the outdoors as I never have
before .d what else has taken place there and why she is being summoned remain
mysterious to her . Later as an emblem of her traveling she arrives back in her living room without an arm . Where is she being taken ?

More and more, science fiction is paralleled with afrofuturism as a subgenre as science fiction is an exploration of a rewiring of the present. In writer, Kudwo Eshun’s journal, “Future Considerations on Afrofuturism,” he expands upon this notion in which “Afrofuturism studies the appeals that black artists, musicians, critics, and writers have made to the future, in moments where any future was made difficult for them to imagine” (294). Afrofuturism and science fiction continually intersect as “most science fiction tales dramatically deal with how the individual is going to contend with these alienating, dislocating societies and circumstances and that pretty much sums up the mass experiences of black people in the postslavery twentieth century” (298). Like the workings of Afrofuturism, science fiction represents a form of unapologetic Black art that isn’t categorized. Specifically with Black science fiction as a genre, it fits the mold of the post-soul as it takes different experiences of the diaspora to produce something new and “science fiction operates through the power of falsification, the drive to rewrite reality, and the will to deny plausibility, while the scenario operates through the control and prediction of plausible alternative tomorrows”. The workings of science function can serve as metaphors for the fundamental experience of post-slavery Black people in the twentieth century.

Octavia E. Butler was an extremely influential science fiction writer and instructor. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to win the MacArthur Fellowship, nicknamed the "Genius Grant." In 2007, the Carl Brandon Society established the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship which provides support to a student of color attending Clarion Writers' Workshop or Clarion West Writers Workshop. According to the Carl Brandon Society's website, "It furthers Octavia’s legacy by providing the same experience/opportunity that Octavia had to future generations of new writers of color."

Nalo Hopkinson is a renowned science fiction and fantasy writer, professor, and editor whose short stories explore class, race, and sexuality using themes from Afro-Caribbean culture, Caribbean Folklore , and feminism. Skin Folk, a collection of short stories which won the 2002 World Fantasy Award for Best Story Collection, is known for its influence from Caribbean history and language, with its tradition of written storytelling.

The Carl Brandon Society is a group originating in the science fiction community dedicated to addressing the representation of people of color in the fantastical genres such as science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The Society recognizes works by authors of color and featuring characters of color through awards, provides reading lists for educators and librarians, including one for Black History Month and has a wiki specifically for collecting information about people of color working in these genres.[citation needed]

The 2017 Black Speculative Fiction Report notes that only 4.3% of published speculative fiction works released in 2017 were written by black authors.[17]

Kali Tal argues that one of the subgenres of black science fiction is black near-future militant fiction, and categorizes Imperium and Black Empire as examples of this subgenre.[1]d what else has taken place there and why she is being summoned remainmysterius to her . Later as an emblem of her traveling she arrives back in her living room without an arm .

KINDRED : an OPera Octavia Butler's Story as an opera

Pages 10
Duration 09:15
Measures 178
Key signature 3 flats
Parts 69
Part names Piccolo, Flute(5), Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet(2), Synthesizer(11), Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bassoon, French Horn(2), Trumpet(2), Timpani, Percussion(17), Guitar(5), Piano, Harpsichord, Harp, Bass(3), Voice(4), Violin, Strings(4), Cello, Contrabass, Other Woodwinds
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