“The Book of Martha”

Title“The Book of Martha”
Year for Search2003
AuthorsButler, Octavia [Estelle](1947-2006)
Secondary TitleBloodchild and Other Stories
Volume / Edition2nd ed
Pagination187-214 with an “Afterword” on 214
Date PublishedMay 21, 2003/2005
PublisherSeven Stories Press
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsAfrican-American author, Female author
Annotation

God gives a black woman, raised poor in the U. S., the task of improving the lives of humanity. She discusses several possibilities with God before choosing to have people dream their utopia. In the “Afterword” she calls this her “utopia story.” 

Additional Publishers

Rpt. without the “Afterword” in Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory. Ed. Marleen S. Barr (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2008), 135-50. Originally published May 21, 2003 on SciFi.com, which is no longer available online

Author Note

African-American female author (1947-2006)

Full Text

2003 Butler, Octavia E[stelle] (1947-2006). “The Book of Martha.” In her Bloodchild and Other Stories. 2nd ed. (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005), 187-214 with an “Afterword” on 214. Rpt. without the “Afterword” in Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory. Ed. Marleen S. Barr (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2008), 135-50. Originally published May 21, 2003 on SciFi.com, which is no longer available online. PSt

God gives a black woman, raised poor in the U. S., the task of improving the lives of humanity. She discusses several possibilities with God before choosing to have people dream their utopia. In the “Afterword” she calls this her “utopia story.” African-American female author.