Octavia E. Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant. Parable of a Sower, Kindred and Wild Seed I think are must read books of hers! Anyone else read any of her books?