Octavia Butler was a science fiction author. As a child, she was painfully shy, dyslexic and the target of bullies. So she spent her time reading and writing and became interested in science fiction magazines. She started writing stories at the age of 10 and by the time she was in college she was winning short story contests.
She’s known for her unique portrayal of ethnicity in the science fiction genre and has been the recipient of several awards.