"Speech Sounds"

Title"Speech Sounds"
Year for Search1983
AuthorsButler, Octavia E[stelle](1947-2006)
Secondary TitleIsaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
Volume / Edition7.13 (73)
Pagination26-40
Date PublishedMid-December 1983
KeywordsAfrican-American author, Female author
Annotation

Dystopia of the loss of the ability to communicate and the resulting violence. Those who can speak and write must keep it secret.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Fiction 1960-1990. Ed. Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian Attebery (New York: W. W. Norton, 1993), 513-24; in New Eves: Science Fiction About the Extraordinary Women of Today and Tomorrow. Ed. Janrae Frank, Jean Stine, & Forrest J. Ackerman (Stamford, CT: Longmeadow Press, 1994), 337-47 with an editors’ note on 336; in her Bloodchild and Other Stories (New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1995), 87-110 with an “Afterword” on 109-10; in A Woman’s Liberation: A Choice of Futures By and About Women. Ed. Connie Willis and Sheila Williams (New York: Warner Books, 2001), 185-200; in Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction: Utopias and Dystopias. Ed. Judith A. Little (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2007), 185-97; and in The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Ed. Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Rob Latham, and Carol McGuirk (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2010), 566-79 with an editors’ note on 566-67.

Author Note

African-American female author (1947-2006).

Full Text

1983 Butler, Octavia E[stelle] (1947-2006). “Speech Sounds.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 7.13 (73) (Mid-December 1983): 26-40. Rpt. in The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Fiction 1960-1990. Ed. Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian Attebery (New York: W. W. Norton, 1993), 513-24; in New Eves: Science Fiction About the Extraordinary Women of Today and Tomorrow. Ed. Janrae Frank, Jean Stine, & Forrest J. Ackerman (Stamford, CT: Longmeadow Press, 1994), 337-47 with an editors’ note on 336; in her Bloodchild and Other Stories (New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1995), 87-110 with an “Afterword” on 109-10; in A Woman’s Liberation: A Choice of Futures By and About Women. Ed. Connie Willis and Sheila Williams (New York: Warner Books, 2001), 185-200; in Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction: Utopias and Dystopias. Ed. Judith A. Little (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2007), 185-97; and in The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Ed. Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Rob Latham, and Carol McGuirk (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2010), 566-79 with an editors’ note on 566-67.

Dystopia of the loss of the ability to communicate and the resulting violence. Those who can speak and write must keep it secret. African-American female author.