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A comedy sci-fi film with a woman of color as the lead!

OH LOOK AT HOW CUTE SHE IS.

OK, here is what you need to know:
This movie, which may or may not be any good, is based on a book which is fantastically good. It’s called THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, by Adam Rex, and not only does it feature a cross-continental road trip in a flying car by a dynamic eleven-year-old heroine of colour named Gratuity (her friends call her Tip), a cat named Pig, and the most loveable alien you will ever meet, it’s got a diverse supporting cast, makes some smart and pointed commentary about ageism, sexism, racism, and the treatment of indigenous peoples, is magnificently funny and moreover has some great comics in it.
It also makes a GREAT readaloud. I could do J.Lo (the alien)’s voice all day. But enough of my blather, let Tip and J.Lo tell you themselves:
10 Reasons to Read The True Meaning of Smekday
All I know about the movie so far is that they have changed J.Lo’s name to Oh (presumably because Jennifer Lopez is no longer a current cultural reference), given him some weird curlycues on his head and taken the ponytails out of Gratuity’s hair. Having seen the prequel, I fear I am not optimistic about this movie doing any justice to the book… but if it gets some people to read the book, that will be a Good Thing.

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A comedy sci-fi film with a woman of color as the lead!

OH LOOK AT HOW CUTE SHE IS.

OK, here is what you need to know:

This movie, which may or may not be any good, is based on a book which is fantastically good. It’s called THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, by Adam Rex, and not only does it feature a cross-continental road trip in a flying car by a dynamic eleven-year-old heroine of colour named Gratuity (her friends call her Tip), a cat named Pig, and the most loveable alien you will ever meet, it’s got a diverse supporting cast, makes some smart and pointed commentary about ageism, sexism, racism, and the treatment of indigenous peoples, is magnificently funny and moreover has some great comics in it.

It also makes a GREAT readaloud. I could do J.Lo (the alien)’s voice all day. But enough of my blather, let Tip and J.Lo tell you themselves:

10 Reasons to Read The True Meaning of Smekday

All I know about the movie so far is that they have changed J.Lo’s name to Oh (presumably because Jennifer Lopez is no longer a current cultural reference), given him some weird curlycues on his head and taken the ponytails out of Gratuity’s hair. Having seen the prequel, I fear I am not optimistic about this movie doing any justice to the book… but if it gets some people to read the book, that will be a Good Thing.

A message from Anonymous
Well now I'm curious. I looked up all of the books that you recommended and there's only one by a male writer. You know men write YA too, right? It's not just stories about vapid teen girls. There are real stories in there. Might I recommend you branch out to include more stories that aren't just about teen girls? Neil Gaiman, David Levithan, Jay Asher just to name a few.
A reply from aprihop

 There are real stories in there

are you trying to tell me, a woman, that a story about a “vapid” teen girl isn’t a real story? dude are you lost on the way to /r/theredpill or something?

i’m not at all interested in the authors mentioned, or their books. they do nothing for me. if you want to recommend books to people, go ahead and do it, but i’m not going to do it for you. and for real, neil gaiman? do you even go here? 

ok which one of you is trolling me tho

sarahreesbrennan:

summerscourtney:

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

Wow, every time I publish a YA novel, I hope there are at least 10 male YA writers out there to make up for my stories about vapid teenage girls.  WAIT.  What am I even saying.  My books aren’t even REAL!  They don’t even exist.  Thank goodness for that because they’re about girls.

This is why the ongoing conversation about how undermined and discredited female YA writers are for their work is so important.  Whether or not this ask is serious—I hope it’s not, but ha ha as a YA author I’ve seen exactly this sentiment when it is—it’s super indicative of a very real and pervasive and damaging attitude that NEEDS CHANGING.  (Or wait, does it?  It’s just hurting girls, after all!  Those vapid, vapid girls.)  Also a perfect example of how any story that has value to a girl is completely devalued BECAUSE it has value to a girl.

I mean, seriously, how can you write someone an ask like that with any kind of sincerity and not see how messed up the overall sentiment driving it is?

As the children’s classic goes, being a boy makes you REAL.

… That is how it goes, right?

This is how messed-up this situation is: the three dude writers mentioned above (all great) are all HELLA FAMOUS. They are doing great! But it is seen as huge injustice that they are left off… a blog post?

Whereas women being left off award lists, out of articles, out of panels at conventions and not given the same amount of money or promotion—that’s justice. Because men are automatically owed, not just some attention, but ALL attention. Any attention given to women is CRUELLY TAKEN from men.

Much the same as the study that shows men do not compare women’s conversation to their own—they compare how much women talk to silence. Total silence. No attention at all. That’s what some people unconsciously want for women.

And oh, well, if it’s written about a girl by a girl, that girl must necessarily be vapid, am I right? Probably the girl who wrote it was, too! In fact… maybe all girls… are vapid! Think about girls growing up seeing that sentiment expressed about them, about their stories, about their possible future achievements, and then told to be self-confident and to value themselves. It’s pretty difficult. And that’s not the girls’ fault. It’s the fault of people saying these things to them.

This is why I’m here for female characters and female authors (besides, you know… being one…). And why I’m not here for people who spread or direct hate at female authors or female characters. Believe me, we got plenty—all full up here!

What the children’s classic actually said was… love makes you real. Love for female writers, love between female writers, female writers of the present and future loving themselves, will eventually clear this awfulness away.

At least, I hope so. 

therothwoman:

grumpytoad:

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breefolk:

sauntering-down:

shoren18:

mattystew:

buzzfeedrewind:

Outrageous gay sleaze book covers from the ’50s and ’60s

oh my god I want to read every single one of these holy shit.

FLYING LESBIAN: entirely too turnt

When he ran out of perverted sex acts, he invented some new ones!

i’m crying

"Flying Lesbian" has to be the best book title ever conceived.

I need to add ‘Flying Lesbian’ to my collection of terrible  retro lesbian pulp novels that I am slowly but surely building up :D

sex-ways

flying lesbians

flying lesbian

therothwoman:

patrexes:

Here’s the guide to the Expanded Whoniverse novels you never asked for, but as it turns out, you really wanted. Wanted enough that I couldn’t really get away with the half-arsed version of this I had up before. Wanted enough that I spent a good ten hours of my life linking up everything you’re welcome.
As of 10-09-2013, all of the links work! If one of them stops working, please let me know.

Click through to read in your browser, or click one of the links at the series titles to download the full sets.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How much like the programme are these?A. They are much more adult than the televised programme. There's sex and violence and really inadvisable medical procedures. Read with discretion, and don't be afraid to stop reading if something triggers you; that's nothing to be ashamed of.Q. Why isn't [insert Dr Who media here] on this list?A.  Because this is a masterpost of the EU novels, not the Everything That Has Ever Happened In The Dr Who Universe.Q. Why are some of the books bolded?A. Those are what were reprinted for the 50th.Q. Where can I find [insert Dr Who media here]?A. You must be truly desperate to come to me for help.
VIRGIN NEW ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)
Timewyrm: Genesys (John Peel)Timewyrm: Exodus (Terrance Dicks)Timewyrm: Apocalypse (Nigel Robinson)Timewyrm: Revelation (Paul Cornell)Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible (Mark Platt)Cat’s Cradle: Warhead (Andrew Cartmel)Cat’s Cradle: Witch Mark (Andrew Hunt)Nightshade (Mark Gatiss)Love and War (Paul Cornell)Transit (Ben Aaronovitch)The Highest Science (Gareth Roberts)The Pit (Neil Penswick)Deceit (Peter Darvill-Evans)Lucifer Rising (Jim Mortimore & Andy Lane)White Darkness (David A McIntee)Shadowmind (Christopher Bulis)Birthright (Nigel Robinson)Iceberg (David Banks)Blood Heat (Jim Mortimore)The Dimension Riders (Daniel Blythe)The Left-Handed Hummingbird (Kate Orman)Conundrum (Steve Lyons)No Future (Paul Cornell)Tragedy Day (Gareth Roberts)Legacy (Gary Russell)Theatre of War (Justin Richards)All-Consuming Fire (Andy Lane)Blood Harvest (Terrance Dicks)Strange England (Simon Messingham)First Frontier (David A McIntee)St Anthony’s Fire (Mark Gatiss)Falls the Shadow (Daniel O’Mahony)Parasite (Jim Mortimore)Warlock (Andrew Cartmel)Set Piece (Kate Orman)Infinite Requiem (Daniel Blythe)Sanctuary (David A McIntee)Human Nature (Paul Cornell)Original Sin (Andy Lane)Sky Pirates! (Dave Stone)Zamper (Gareth Roberts)Toy Soldier (Paul Leonard)Head Games(Steve Lyons)The Also People (Ben Aaronovitch)Shakedown (Terrance Dicks)Just War (Lance Parkin)Warchild (Andrew Cartmel)SLEEPY (Kate Orman)Death and Diplomacy (Dave Stone)Happy Endings (Paul Cornell)GodEngine (Craig Hinton)Christmas on a Rational Planet (Lawrence Miles)Return of the Living Dad (Kate Orman)The Death of Art (Simon Bucher-Jones)Damaged Goods (Russell T Davies)So Vile a Sin (Ben Aaronovitch & Kate Orman)Bad Therapy (Matthew Jones)Eternity Weeps (Jim Mortimore)The Room With No Doors (Kate Orman)Lungbarrow (Marc Platt)The Dying Days (Lance Parkin)
EIGHTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)
The Eight Doctors (Terrance Dicks)Vampire Science (Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman)The Bodysnatchers (Mark Morris)Genocide (Paul Leonard)War of the Daleks (John Peel)Alien Bodies (Lawrence Miles)Kursaal (Peter Anghelides)Option Lock (Justin Richards)Longest Day (Michael Collier)Legacy of the Daleks (John Peel)Dreamstone Moon (Paul Leonard)Seeing I (Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman)Placebo Effect (Gary Russel)Vanderdeken (Christopher Bulis)The Scarlet Empress (Paul Magrs)The Janus Conjunction (Trevor Baxendale)Beltempest (Jim Mortimor)The Face Eater (Simon Messingham)The Taint (Michael Collier)Demontage (Justin Richards)Revolution Man (Paul Leonard)Dominion (Nick Walters)Unnatural History (Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman)Autumn Mist (David A McIntee)Interference: Book One (Lawrence Miles)Interference: Book Two (Lawrence Miles)The Blue Angel (Paul Magrs & Jeremy Hoad)The Taking of Planet 5 (Simon Bucher-Jones & Mark Clapham)Frontier Worlds (Peter Anghelides)Parallel 59 (Natalie Dallaire & Stephen Cole)The Shadows of Avalon (Paul Cornell)The Fall of Yquatine (Nick Walters)Coldheart (Trevor Baxendale)The Space Age (Steve Lyons)The Banquo Legacy (Andy Lane & Justin Richards)The Ancestor Cell (Peter Anghelides & Stephen Cole)The Burning (Justin Richards)Casualties of War (Steve Emmerson)The Turing Test (Paul Leonard)Endgame (Terrance Dicks)Father Time (Lance Parkin)Escape Velocity (Colin Brake)EarthWorld (Jacqueline Rayner)Vanishing Point (Stephen Cole)Eater of Wasps (Trevor Baxendale)The Year of Intelligent Tigers (Kate Orman)The Slow Empire (Dave Stone)Dark Progeny (Steve Emmerson)The City of the Dead (Lloyd Rose)Grimm Reality (Simon Bucher-Jones & Kelly Hale)The Adventuress of Henrietta Street (Lawrence Miles)Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Paul Magrs)Hope (Mark Clapham)Anachrophobia (Jonathan Morris)Trading Futures (Lance Parkin)The Book of the Still (Paul Ebbs)The Crooked World (Steve Lyons)History 101 (Mags L Halliday)Camera Obscura (Lloyd Rose)Time Zero (Justin Richards)The Infinity Race (Simon Messingham)The Domino Effect (David Bishop)Reckless Engineering (Nick Walters)The Last Resort (Paul Leonard)Timeless (Stephen Cole)Emotional Chemistry (Simon A Forward)Sometimes Never (Justin Richards)Halflife (Mark Michalowski)The Tomorrow Windows (Jonathan Morris)The Sleep of Reason (Martin Day)The Deadstone Memorial (Trevor Baxendale)To the Slaughter (Stephen Cole)The Gallifrey Chronicles (Lance Parkin)
VIRGIN MISSING ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)
Goth Opera (Paul Cornell)Evolution (John Peel)Venusian Lullaby (Paul Leonard)The Crystal Bucephalus (Craig Hinton)State of Change (Christopher Bulis)The Romance of Crime (Gareth Roberts)The Ghosts of N-Space (Barry Letts)Time of Your Life (Steve Lyons)Dancing the Code (Paul Leonard)The Menagerie (Martin Day)System Shock (Justin Richards)The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Christopher Bulis)Invasion of the Cat-People (Gary Russell)Managra (Stephen Marley)Millennial Rites (Craig Hinton)The Empire of Glass (Andy Lane)Lords of the Storm (David A McIntee)Downtime (Marc Platt)The Man in the Velvet Mask (Daniel O’Mahony)The English Way of Death (Gareth Roberts)The Eye of the Giant (Christopher Bulis)The Sands of Time (Justin Richards)Killing Ground (Steve Lyons)The Scales of Injustice (Gary Russell)The Shadow of Weng-Chiang (David A McIntee)Twilight of the Gods (Christopher Bulis)Speed of Flight (Paul Leonard)The Plotters (Gareth Roberts)Cold Fusion (Lance Parkin)Burning Heart (Dave Stone)A Device of Death (Christopher Bulis)The Dark Path (David A McIntee)The Well-Mannered War (Gareth Roberts)
PAST DOCTOR ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)
The Devil Goblins from Neptune (Martin Day & Keith Topping)The Murder Game (Steve Lyons)The Ultimate Treasure (Christopher Bulis)Business Unusual (Gary Russell)Illegal Alien (Mike Tucker & Robert Perry)The Roundheads (Mark Gatiss)The Face of the Enemy (David A McIntee)Eye of Heaven (Jim Mortimore)The Witch Hunters (Steve Lyons)The Hollow Men (Martin Day & Keith Topping)Catastrophea (Terrance Dicks)Mission: Impractical (David A McIntee)Zeta Major (Simon Messingham)Dreams of Empire (Justin Richards)Last Man Running (Chris Boucher)Matrix (Mike Tucker & Robert Perry)The Infinity Doctors (Lance Parkin)Salvation (Steve Lyons)The Wages of Sin (David A McIntee)Deep Blue (Mark Morris)Players (Terrance Dicks)Millennium Shock (Justin Richards)Storm Harvest (Mick Tucker & Robert Perry)The Final Sanction (Steve Lyons)City at World’s End (Christopher Bulis)Divided Loyalties (Gary Russell)Corpse Marker (Chris Boucher)Last of the Gaderene (Mark Gatiss)Tomb of Valdemar (Simon Messingham)Verdigris (Paul Magrs)Grave Matter (Justin Richards)Heart of TARDIS (Dave Stone)Prime Time (Mike Tucker)Imperial Moon (Christopher Bulis)Festival of Death (Jonathan Morris)Independence Day (Peter Darvill-Evans)The King of Terror (Keith Topping)The Quantum Archangel (Craig Hinton)Bunker Soldiers (Martin Day)Rags (Mick Lewis)The Shadow in the Glass (Justin Richards & Stephen Cole)Asylum (Peter Darvill-Evans)Superior Beings (Nick Walters)Byzantium! (Keith Topping)Bullet Time (David A McIntee)Psi-ence Fiction (Chris Boucher)Dying in the Sun (Jon de Burgh Miller)Instruments of Darkness (Gary Russell)Relative Dementias (Mark Michalowski)Drift (Simon A Forward)Palace of the Red Sun (Christopher Bulis)Amorality Tale (David Bishop)Warmonger (Terrance Dicks)Ten Little Aliens (Stephen Cole)Combat Rock (Mick Lewis)The Suns of Caresh (Paul Saint)Heritage (Dale Smith)Fear of the Dark (Trevor Baxendale)Blue Box (Kate Orman)Loving the Alien (Mike Tucker & Robert Perry)The Colony of Lies (Colin Brake)Wolfsbane (Jacqueline Rayner)Deadly Reunion (Terrance Dicks & Barry Letts)Scream of the Shalka (Paul Cornell)Empire of Death (David Bishop)The Eleventh Tiger (David A McIntee)Synthespians™ (Craig Hinton)The Algebra of Ice (Lloyd Rose)The Indestructible Man (Simon Messingham)Match of the Day (Chris Boucher)Island of Death (Barry Letts)Spiral Scratch (Gary Russell)Fear Itself (Nick Wallace)World Game (Terrance Dicks)The Time Travellers (Simon Guerrier)Atom Bomb Blues (Andrew Cartmel)
BERNICE SUMMERFIELD (epub | mobi | pdf)
Oh No It Isn’t! (Paul Cornell)Dragon’s Wrath (Justin Richards)Beyond the Sun (Matthew Jones)Ship of Fools (Dave Stone)Down (Lawrence Miles)Deadfall (Gary Russell)Ghost Devices (Simon Bucher-Jones)Mean Streets (Terrance Dicks)Tempest (Christopher Bulis)Walking to Babylon (Kate Orman)Oblivion (Dave Stone)The Medusa Effect (Justin Richards)Dry Pilgrimage (Paul Leonard & Nick Walters)The Sword of Forever (Jim Mortimore)Another Girl, Another Planet (Martin Day & Len Beech)Beige Planet Mars (Lance Parkin & Mark Clapham)Where Angels Fear (Rebecca Levene & Simon Winstone)The Mary-Sue Estrusion (Dave Stone)Dead Romance (Lawrence Miles)Tears of the Oracle (Justin Richards)Return to the Fractured Planet (Dave Stone)The Joy Device (Justin Richards)Twilight of the Gods (Mark Clapham & Jon de Burgh Miller)
NEW SERIES ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)
The Clockwise Man (Justin Richards)The Monsters Inside (Stephen Cole)Winner Takes All (Jacqueline Rayner)The Deviant Strain (Justin Richards)Only Human (Gareth Roberts)The Stealers of Dreams (Steve Lyons)The Stone Rose (Jacqueline Rayner)The Feast of the Drowned (Stephen Cole)The Resurrection Casket (Justin Richards)The Nightmare of Black Island (Mike Tucker)The Art of Destruction (Stephen Cole)The Price of Paradise (Colin Brake)Sting of the Zygons (Stephen Cole)The Last Dodo (Jacqueline Rayner)Wooden Heart (Martin Day)Forever Autumn (Mark Morris)Sick Building (Paul Magrs)Wetworld (March Michalowski)Wishing Well (Trevor Baxendale)The Pirate Loop (Simon Guerrier)Peacemaker (James Swallow)Martha in the Mirror (Justin Richards)Snowglobe 7 (Mike Tucker)The Many Hands (Dale Smith)Ghosts of India (Mike Morris)The Doctor Trap (Simon Messingham)Shining Darkness (Mark Michalowski)Beautiful Chaos (Gary Russell)The Eyeless (Lance Parkin)The Story of Martha (Dan Abnett)Judgement of the Judoon (Colin Brake)The Slitheen Excursion (Simon Guerrier)Prisoner of the Daleks (Trevor Baxendale)The Taking of Chelsea 426 (David Llewellyn)Autonomy (Daniel Blythe)The Krillitane Storm (Christopher Cooper)Apollo 23 (Justin Richards)Night of the Humans (David Llewellyn)The Forgotten Army (Brian Minchin)Nuclear Time (Oli Smith)The King’s Dragon (Una McCormack)The Glamour Chase (Gary Russell)The Coming of the Terraphiles (Michael Moorcock)**Dead of Winter (James Goss)**The Way Through the Woods (Una McCormack)**Hunter’s Moon (Paul Finch)**Touched by an Angel (Jonathan Morris)**Paradox Lost (George Mann)**Borrowed Time (Naomi Alderman)**The Silent Stars Go By (Dan Abnett)**Dark Horizons (J. T. Colgan)**Plague of the Cybermen (Justin Richards)The Dalek Generations (Nicholas Briggs)Shroud of Sorrow (Tommy Donbavand)**not in .zip files
TELOS NOVELLAS (pdf)
Time and Relative (Kim Newman)Citadel of Dreams (Dave Stone)Nightdreamers (Tom Arden)Ghost Ship (Keith Topping)Foreign Devils (Andrew Cartmel)Rip Tide (Louise Cooper)Wonderland (Mark Chadboum)Shell Shock (Simon A Forward)The Cabinet of Light (Daniel O'Mahony)Fallen Gods (Jon Blum & Kate Orman)Frayed (Tara Samms)The Eye of the Tyger (Paul J McAuley)Companion Piece (Robert Perry & Mike Tucker)Blood and Hope (Iain McLaughlin)The Dalek Factor (Simon Clark)
TORCHWOOD (epub | mobi | pdf)
Another Life (Peter Anghelides)Border Princes (Dan Abnett)Slow Decay (Andy Lane)Something in the Water (Trevor Baxendale)Trace Memory (David Llewellyn)The Twilight Streets (Gary Russell)Pack Animals (Peter Anghelides)SkyPoint (Phil Ford)Almost Perfect (James Goss)Into the Silence (Sarah Pinborough)Bay of the Dead (Mark Morris)The House that Jack Built (Guy Adams)Risk Assessment (James Goss)The Undertaker's Gift (Trevor Baxendale)Consequences (various)First Born (James Goss)Long Time Dead (Sarah Pinborough)The Men Who Sold the World (Guy Adams)
THE DARKSMITH LEGACY (epub | pdf)
The Dust of Ages (Justin Richards)The Graves of Mordane (Colin Brake)The Colour of Darkness (Richard Dungworth)The Depths of Despair (Justin Richards)The Vampire of Paris (Stephen Cole)The Game of Death (Trevor Baxendale)The Planet of Oblivion (Justin Richards)The Pictures of Emptiness (Jacqueline Rayner)The Art of War (Mike Tucker)The End of Time (Justin Richards)
MISCELLANEOUS OTHER BOOKS
A Big Hand for the Doctor (Eoin Colfer)The Nameless City (Michael Scott)The Spear of Destiny (Marcus Sedgwick)The Roots of Evil (Philip Reeve)Tip of the Tongue (Patrick Ness)Something Borrowed (Richelle Mead)The Ripple Effect (Malorie Blackman)Spore (Alex Scarrow)Devil in the Smoke (Justin Richards)Melody Malone: The Angel's Kiss (Justin Richards)Summer Falls (James Goss)Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma (Tony Atwood)Harry Sullivan's War (Ian Marter)K-9 and Company (Terence Dudley)The Wheel of Ice (Steven Baxter)Harvest of Time (Alastair Reynolds)The Making of Doctor Who (Terrance Dicks)Virgin Decalog: Enigma (various)Virgin Decalog: Lost Properties (various)Virgin Decalog: Consequences (various)Short Trips (various)More Short Trips (various)Short Trips and Sidesteps (various)

I don’t usually reblog these masterposts, but I’ll make an exception for rare/out-of-print books. Although a number of these, mainly the New Who books, are still relatively easy to find so I recommend buying them through the normal channels.

therothwoman:

patrexes:

Here’s the guide to the Expanded Whoniverse novels you never asked for, but as it turns out, you really wanted. Wanted enough that I couldn’t really get away with the half-arsed version of this I had up before. Wanted enough that I spent a good ten hours of my life linking up everything you’re welcome.

As of 10-09-2013, all of the links work! If one of them stops working, please let me know.

Click through to read in your browser, or click one of the links at the series titles to download the full sets.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How much like the programme are these?
A.
They are much more adult than the televised
programme. There's sex and violence and really
inadvisable
medical procedures. Read with discretion,
and don't be afraid to stop reading if something
triggers you; that's nothing to be ashamed of.

Q. Why isn't [insert Dr Who media here] on this list?
A. Because this is a masterpost of the EU novels, not
the Everything That Has Ever Happened In The Dr Who
Universe.

Q. Why are some of the books bolded?
A. Those are what were reprinted for the 50th.

Q. Where can I find [insert Dr Who media here]?
A. You must be truly desperate to come to me for help.

VIRGIN NEW ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)

Timewyrm: Genesys (John Peel)
Timewyrm: Exodus (Terrance Dicks)
Timewyrm: Apocalypse (Nigel Robinson)
Timewyrm: Revelation (Paul Cornell)
Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible (Mark Platt)
Cat’s Cradle: Warhead (Andrew Cartmel)
Cat’s Cradle: Witch Mark (Andrew Hunt)
Nightshade (Mark Gatiss)
Love and War (Paul Cornell)
Transit (Ben Aaronovitch)
The Highest Science (Gareth Roberts)
The Pit (Neil Penswick)
Deceit (Peter Darvill-Evans)
Lucifer Rising (Jim Mortimore & Andy Lane)
White Darkness (David A McIntee)
Shadowmind (Christopher Bulis)
Birthright (Nigel Robinson)
Iceberg (David Banks)
Blood Heat (Jim Mortimore)
The Dimension Riders (Daniel Blythe)
The Left-Handed Hummingbird (Kate Orman)
Conundrum (Steve Lyons)
No Future (Paul Cornell)
Tragedy Day (Gareth Roberts)
Legacy (Gary Russell)
Theatre of War (Justin Richards)
All-Consuming Fire (Andy Lane)
Blood Harvest (Terrance Dicks)
Strange England (Simon Messingham)
First Frontier (David A McIntee)
St Anthony’s Fire (Mark Gatiss)
Falls the Shadow (Daniel O’Mahony)
Parasite (Jim Mortimore)
Warlock (Andrew Cartmel)
Set Piece (Kate Orman)
Infinite Requiem (Daniel Blythe)
Sanctuary (David A McIntee)
Human Nature (Paul Cornell)
Original Sin (Andy Lane)
Sky Pirates! (Dave Stone)
Zamper (Gareth Roberts)
Toy Soldier (Paul Leonard)
Head Games(Steve Lyons)
The Also People (Ben Aaronovitch)
Shakedown (Terrance Dicks)
Just War (Lance Parkin)
Warchild (Andrew Cartmel)
SLEEPY (Kate Orman)
Death and Diplomacy (Dave Stone)
Happy Endings (Paul Cornell)
GodEngine (Craig Hinton)
Christmas on a Rational Planet (Lawrence Miles)
Return of the Living Dad (Kate Orman)
The Death of Art (Simon Bucher-Jones)
Damaged Goods (Russell T Davies)
So Vile a Sin (Ben Aaronovitch & Kate Orman)
Bad Therapy (Matthew Jones)
Eternity Weeps (Jim Mortimore)
The Room With No Doors (Kate Orman)
Lungbarrow (Marc Platt)
The Dying Days (Lance Parkin)

EIGHTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)

The Eight Doctors (Terrance Dicks)
Vampire Science (Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman)
The Bodysnatchers (Mark Morris)
Genocide (Paul Leonard)
War of the Daleks (John Peel)
Alien Bodies (Lawrence Miles)
Kursaal (Peter Anghelides)
Option Lock (Justin Richards)
Longest Day (Michael Collier)
Legacy of the Daleks (John Peel)
Dreamstone Moon (Paul Leonard)
Seeing I (Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman)
Placebo Effect (Gary Russel)
Vanderdeken (Christopher Bulis)
The Scarlet Empress (Paul Magrs)
The Janus Conjunction (Trevor Baxendale)
Beltempest (Jim Mortimor)
The Face Eater (Simon Messingham)
The Taint (Michael Collier)
Demontage (Justin Richards)
Revolution Man (Paul Leonard)
Dominion (Nick Walters)
Unnatural History (Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman)
Autumn Mist (David A McIntee)
Interference: Book One (Lawrence Miles)
Interference: Book Two (Lawrence Miles)
The Blue Angel (Paul Magrs & Jeremy Hoad)
The Taking of Planet 5 (Simon Bucher-Jones & Mark Clapham)
Frontier Worlds (Peter Anghelides)
Parallel 59 (Natalie Dallaire & Stephen Cole)
The Shadows of Avalon (Paul Cornell)
The Fall of Yquatine (Nick Walters)
Coldheart (Trevor Baxendale)
The Space Age (Steve Lyons)
The Banquo Legacy (Andy Lane & Justin Richards)
The Ancestor Cell (Peter Anghelides & Stephen Cole)
The Burning (Justin Richards)
Casualties of War (Steve Emmerson)
The Turing Test (Paul Leonard)
Endgame (Terrance Dicks)
Father Time (Lance Parkin)
Escape Velocity (Colin Brake)
EarthWorld (Jacqueline Rayner)
Vanishing Point (Stephen Cole)
Eater of Wasps (Trevor Baxendale)
The Year of Intelligent Tigers (Kate Orman)
The Slow Empire (Dave Stone)
Dark Progeny (Steve Emmerson)
The City of the Dead (Lloyd Rose)
Grimm Reality (Simon Bucher-Jones & Kelly Hale)
The Adventuress of Henrietta Street (Lawrence Miles)
Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Paul Magrs)
Hope (Mark Clapham)
Anachrophobia (Jonathan Morris)
Trading Futures (Lance Parkin)
The Book of the Still (Paul Ebbs)
The Crooked World (Steve Lyons)
History 101 (Mags L Halliday)
Camera Obscura (Lloyd Rose)
Time Zero (Justin Richards)
The Infinity Race (Simon Messingham)
The Domino Effect (David Bishop)
Reckless Engineering (Nick Walters)
The Last Resort (Paul Leonard)
Timeless (Stephen Cole)
Emotional Chemistry (Simon A Forward)
Sometimes Never (Justin Richards)
Halflife (Mark Michalowski)
The Tomorrow Windows (Jonathan Morris)
The Sleep of Reason (Martin Day)
The Deadstone Memorial (Trevor Baxendale)
To the Slaughter (Stephen Cole)
The Gallifrey Chronicles (Lance Parkin)

VIRGIN MISSING ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)

Goth Opera (Paul Cornell)
Evolution (John Peel)
Venusian Lullaby (Paul Leonard)
The Crystal Bucephalus (Craig Hinton)
State of Change (Christopher Bulis)
The Romance of Crime (Gareth Roberts)
The Ghosts of N-Space (Barry Letts)
Time of Your Life (Steve Lyons)
Dancing the Code (Paul Leonard)
The Menagerie (Martin Day)
System Shock (Justin Richards)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Christopher Bulis)
Invasion of the Cat-People (Gary Russell)
Managra (Stephen Marley)
Millennial Rites (Craig Hinton)
The Empire of Glass (Andy Lane)
Lords of the Storm (David A McIntee)
Downtime (Marc Platt)
The Man in the Velvet Mask (Daniel O’Mahony)
The English Way of Death (Gareth Roberts)
The Eye of the Giant (Christopher Bulis)
The Sands of Time (Justin Richards)
Killing Ground (Steve Lyons)
The Scales of Injustice (Gary Russell)
The Shadow of Weng-Chiang (David A McIntee)
Twilight of the Gods (Christopher Bulis)
Speed of Flight (Paul Leonard)
The Plotters (Gareth Roberts)
Cold Fusion (Lance Parkin)
Burning Heart (Dave Stone)
A Device of Death (Christopher Bulis)
The Dark Path (David A McIntee)
The Well-Mannered War (Gareth Roberts)

PAST DOCTOR ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)

The Devil Goblins from Neptune (Martin Day & Keith Topping)
The Murder Game (Steve Lyons)
The Ultimate Treasure (Christopher Bulis)
Business Unusual (Gary Russell)
Illegal Alien (Mike Tucker & Robert Perry)
The Roundheads (Mark Gatiss)
The Face of the Enemy (David A McIntee)
Eye of Heaven (Jim Mortimore)
The Witch Hunters (Steve Lyons)
The Hollow Men (Martin Day & Keith Topping)
Catastrophea (Terrance Dicks)
Mission: Impractical (David A McIntee)
Zeta Major (Simon Messingham)
Dreams of Empire (Justin Richards)
Last Man Running (Chris Boucher)
Matrix (Mike Tucker & Robert Perry)
The Infinity Doctors (Lance Parkin)
Salvation (Steve Lyons)
The Wages of Sin (David A McIntee)
Deep Blue (Mark Morris)
Players (Terrance Dicks)
Millennium Shock (Justin Richards)
Storm Harvest (Mick Tucker & Robert Perry)
The Final Sanction (Steve Lyons)
City at World’s End (Christopher Bulis)
Divided Loyalties (Gary Russell)
Corpse Marker (Chris Boucher)
Last of the Gaderene (Mark Gatiss)
Tomb of Valdemar (Simon Messingham)
Verdigris (Paul Magrs)
Grave Matter (Justin Richards)
Heart of TARDIS (Dave Stone)
Prime Time (Mike Tucker)
Imperial Moon (Christopher Bulis)
Festival of Death (Jonathan Morris)
Independence Day (Peter Darvill-Evans)
The King of Terror (Keith Topping)
The Quantum Archangel (Craig Hinton)
Bunker Soldiers (Martin Day)
Rags (Mick Lewis)
The Shadow in the Glass (Justin Richards & Stephen Cole)
Asylum (Peter Darvill-Evans)
Superior Beings (Nick Walters)
Byzantium! (Keith Topping)
Bullet Time (David A McIntee)
Psi-ence Fiction (Chris Boucher)
Dying in the Sun (Jon de Burgh Miller)
Instruments of Darkness (Gary Russell)
Relative Dementias (Mark Michalowski)
Drift (Simon A Forward)
Palace of the Red Sun (Christopher Bulis)
Amorality Tale (David Bishop)
Warmonger (Terrance Dicks)
Ten Little Aliens (Stephen Cole)
Combat Rock (Mick Lewis)
The Suns of Caresh (Paul Saint)
Heritage (Dale Smith)
Fear of the Dark (Trevor Baxendale)
Blue Box (Kate Orman)
Loving the Alien (Mike Tucker & Robert Perry)
The Colony of Lies (Colin Brake)
Wolfsbane (Jacqueline Rayner)
Deadly Reunion (Terrance Dicks & Barry Letts)
Scream of the Shalka (Paul Cornell)
Empire of Death (David Bishop)
The Eleventh Tiger (David A McIntee)
Synthespians™ (Craig Hinton)
The Algebra of Ice (Lloyd Rose)
The Indestructible Man (Simon Messingham)
Match of the Day (Chris Boucher)
Island of Death (Barry Letts)
Spiral Scratch (Gary Russell)
Fear Itself (Nick Wallace)
World Game (Terrance Dicks)
The Time Travellers (Simon Guerrier)
Atom Bomb Blues (Andrew Cartmel)

BERNICE SUMMERFIELD (epub | mobi | pdf)

Oh No It Isn’t! (Paul Cornell)
Dragon’s Wrath (Justin Richards)
Beyond the Sun (Matthew Jones)
Ship of Fools (Dave Stone)
Down (Lawrence Miles)
Deadfall (Gary Russell)
Ghost Devices (Simon Bucher-Jones)
Mean Streets (Terrance Dicks)
Tempest (Christopher Bulis)
Walking to Babylon (Kate Orman)
Oblivion (Dave Stone)
The Medusa Effect (Justin Richards)
Dry Pilgrimage (Paul Leonard & Nick Walters)
The Sword of Forever (Jim Mortimore)
Another Girl, Another Planet (Martin Day & Len Beech)
Beige Planet Mars (Lance Parkin & Mark Clapham)
Where Angels Fear (Rebecca Levene & Simon Winstone)
The Mary-Sue Estrusion (Dave Stone)
Dead Romance (Lawrence Miles)
Tears of the Oracle (Justin Richards)
Return to the Fractured Planet (Dave Stone)
The Joy Device (Justin Richards)
Twilight of the Gods (Mark Clapham & Jon de Burgh Miller)

NEW SERIES ADVENTURES (epub | mobi | pdf)

The Clockwise Man (Justin Richards)
The Monsters Inside (Stephen Cole)
Winner Takes All (Jacqueline Rayner)
The Deviant Strain (Justin Richards)
Only Human (Gareth Roberts)
The Stealers of Dreams (Steve Lyons)
The Stone Rose (Jacqueline Rayner)
The Feast of the Drowned (Stephen Cole)
The Resurrection Casket (Justin Richards)
The Nightmare of Black Island (Mike Tucker)
The Art of Destruction (Stephen Cole)
The Price of Paradise (Colin Brake)
Sting of the Zygons (Stephen Cole)
The Last Dodo (Jacqueline Rayner)
Wooden Heart (Martin Day)
Forever Autumn (Mark Morris)
Sick Building (Paul Magrs)
Wetworld (March Michalowski)
Wishing Well (Trevor Baxendale)
The Pirate Loop (Simon Guerrier)
Peacemaker (James Swallow)
Martha in the Mirror (Justin Richards)
Snowglobe 7 (Mike Tucker)
The Many Hands (Dale Smith)
Ghosts of India (Mike Morris)
The Doctor Trap (Simon Messingham)
Shining Darkness (Mark Michalowski)
Beautiful Chaos (Gary Russell)
The Eyeless (Lance Parkin)
The Story of Martha (Dan Abnett)
Judgement of the Judoon (Colin Brake)
The Slitheen Excursion (Simon Guerrier)
Prisoner of the Daleks (Trevor Baxendale)
The Taking of Chelsea 426 (David Llewellyn)
Autonomy (Daniel Blythe)
The Krillitane Storm (Christopher Cooper)
Apollo 23 (Justin Richards)
Night of the Humans (David Llewellyn)
The Forgotten Army (Brian Minchin)
Nuclear Time (Oli Smith)
The King’s Dragon (Una McCormack)
The Glamour Chase (Gary Russell)
The Coming of the Terraphiles (Michael Moorcock)**
Dead of Winter (James Goss)**
The Way Through the Woods (Una McCormack)**
Hunter’s Moon (Paul Finch)**
Touched by an Angel (Jonathan Morris)**
Paradox Lost (George Mann)**
Borrowed Time (Naomi Alderman)**
The Silent Stars Go By (Dan Abnett)**
Dark Horizons (J. T. Colgan)**
Plague of the Cybermen (Justin Richards)
The Dalek Generations (Nicholas Briggs)
Shroud of Sorrow (Tommy Donbavand)

**not in .zip files

TELOS NOVELLAS (pdf)

Time and Relative (Kim Newman)
Citadel of Dreams (Dave Stone)
Nightdreamers (Tom Arden)
Ghost Ship (Keith Topping)
Foreign Devils (Andrew Cartmel)
Rip Tide (Louise Cooper)
Wonderland (Mark Chadboum)
Shell Shock (Simon A Forward)
The Cabinet of Light (Daniel O'Mahony)
Fallen Gods (Jon Blum & Kate Orman)
Frayed (Tara Samms)
The Eye of the Tyger (Paul J McAuley)
Companion Piece (Robert Perry & Mike Tucker)
Blood and Hope (Iain McLaughlin)
The Dalek Factor (Simon Clark)

TORCHWOOD (epub | mobi | pdf)

Another Life (Peter Anghelides)
Border Princes (Dan Abnett)
Slow Decay (Andy Lane)
Something in the Water (Trevor Baxendale)
Trace Memory (David Llewellyn)
The Twilight Streets (Gary Russell)
Pack Animals (Peter Anghelides)
SkyPoint (Phil Ford)
Almost Perfect (James Goss)
Into the Silence (Sarah Pinborough)
Bay of the Dead (Mark Morris)
The House that Jack Built (Guy Adams)
Risk Assessment (James Goss)
The Undertaker's Gift (Trevor Baxendale)
Consequences (various)
First Born (James Goss)
Long Time Dead (Sarah Pinborough)
The Men Who Sold the World (Guy Adams)

THE DARKSMITH LEGACY (epub | pdf)

The Dust of Ages (Justin Richards)
The Graves of Mordane (Colin Brake)
The Colour of Darkness (Richard Dungworth)
The Depths of Despair (Justin Richards)
The Vampire of Paris (Stephen Cole)
The Game of Death (Trevor Baxendale)
The Planet of Oblivion (Justin Richards)
The Pictures of Emptiness (Jacqueline Rayner)
The Art of War (Mike Tucker)
The End of Time (Justin Richards)

MISCELLANEOUS OTHER BOOKS

A Big Hand for the Doctor (Eoin Colfer)
The Nameless City (Michael Scott)
The Spear of Destiny (Marcus Sedgwick)
The Roots of Evil (Philip Reeve)
Tip of the Tongue (Patrick Ness)
Something Borrowed (Richelle Mead)
The Ripple Effect (Malorie Blackman)
Spore (Alex Scarrow)
Devil in the Smoke (Justin Richards)
Melody Malone: The Angel's Kiss (Justin Richards)
Summer Falls (James Goss)
Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma (Tony Atwood)
Harry Sullivan's War (Ian Marter)
K-9 and Company (Terence Dudley)
The Wheel of Ice (Steven Baxter)
Harvest of Time (Alastair Reynolds)
The Making of Doctor Who (Terrance Dicks)
Virgin Decalog: Enigma (various)
Virgin Decalog: Lost Properties (various)
Virgin Decalog: Consequences (various)
Short Trips (various)
More Short Trips (various)
Short Trips and Sidesteps (various)

I don’t usually reblog these masterposts, but I’ll make an exception for rare/out-of-print books. Although a number of these, mainly the New Who books, are still relatively easy to find so I recommend buying them through the normal channels.

rachelrostad:

bookgeekconfessions:

theysayimpsychodiaries:

Chimamanda Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talks 2009)

Tell me again, what did you say about representation not being important?

So very important.

I know TED talks get some crap, but this one’s great.

broodinghunx:

hey kid, over here

yeah, you

do you want awesome science fiction and fantasy

with thoughtful world-building and mythologies

centered entirely on African women???

then why aren’t you reading Nnedi Okorafor

"I’m not a stranger,” I said, and pointed to his book. “I’m someone who reads the same authors you do."
Lemony Snicket (via amandaonwriting)

Free PDF Books on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture

thenewwomensmovement:

angrywomenofcolorunited:

flanneryogonner:

Found from various places online:

The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Angela Y. Davis - Are Prisons Obsolete?

Angela Y. Davis - Race, Women, and Class

The Communist Manifesto - Marx and Engels

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America- Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism - bell hooks

Feminism is for Everybody - bell hooks

outlaw culture - bell hooks

Faces at the Bottom of the Well - Derrick Bell

Sex, Power, and Consent - Anastasia Powell

I am Your Sister - Audre Lorde

Patricia Hill Collins - Black Feminist Thought

Gender Trouble - Judith Butler

Four books by Frantz Fanon

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Medical Apartheid - Harriet Washington

Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory  - edited by Michael Warner

Colonialism/Postcolonialism - Ania Loomba

Discipline and Punish - Michel Foucault

The Gloria Anzaldua Reader

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher

This Bridge Called by Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa

What is Cultural Studies? - John Storey

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture - John Storey

The Disability Studies Reader

Michel Foucault - Interviews and Other Writings

Michel Foucault - The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3 

Michel Foucault - The Archeology of Knowledge 

This blog also has a lot more.

(Sorry they aren’t organized very well.)

i feel like this should be requisite reading for anyone who sends us asks.

-paradelle

RESOURCES RESOURCES RESOURCES FOR YOU

hardcoregurlz:

Octavia Estelle Butler is “the first African-American woman to gain popularity and critical acclaim as a major science fiction writer” (Hine 208). She was born on June 22, 1947 in Pasadena, California, to Laurice and Octavia M. (Guy) Butler. Butler was the only child of five pregnancies that her mother was able to carry to term. Her father, a shoeshine man, died when Butler was very young. Most of her memories are actually stories that she heard from her mother and grandmother. Her mother and she lived in a very racially mixed neighborhood. The unifying factor was the struggle to make ends meet. Butler “never personally experienced the more rigid forms of a segregated society” (Smith 144). Butler was very shy in school, and describes herself as a daydreamer. These factors made it very difficult to succeed in school. She overcame dyslexia, and “began writing when [she] was 10 years old…to escape loneliness and boredom.” (Locher 104). At age twelve she became interested in science fiction.
Butler received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena City College. She then attended California State University, Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. She credits her success to nonacademic programs, though. Two of these programs are the Open Door Program of the Screen Writers Guild of America and the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop. While attending school Butler held down a lot of odd jobs. Her work experiences come through in the character of Dana in her novel Kindred (as quoted above). Butler also spends time researching developments in biology, the physical sciences, and genetics.
Butler has won several awards for her writing. In 1984 she won a Hugo Award for her short story, “Speech Sounds.” In 1985 she won the Hugo for her novella “Bloodchild.” “Bloodchild” also won the 1984 Nebula Award. The Hugo and Nebula Awards are considered science fiction’s highest awards. They are decided on by other science fiction writers and fans. In 1995, Butler won the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” which pays $295,000 over 5 years.
Butler’s patternists series, published between 1976 and 1984, tells of a society that is run by a specially-bred group of telepaths. This is an elite group who are mentally linked to one another in a hierarchical pattern. These telepaths are trying to create a superhuman race. This series includes the books: Patternmaster, Mind of My Mind, Survivor, Wild Seed, and Clay’s Ark. Patternmaster deals with the struggle between brawn and brain. It also comments on class structure and the role of women. Wild Seed "incorporates a great deal of the Black experience, including slavery" (Hine 209). Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago are the three novels that make up the Xenogenesis trilogy. These stories are about the near destruction of humankind through nuclear war and gene-swapping by extraterrestrials. The extraterrestials observe the humans as being hierarchical, which cause them to be prejudiced, and to have class divisions and conflict. These characteristics make it inevitable that mankind will eventually destroy itself without the aliens’ help.
Octavia Butler has been well received by the critics. Burton Raffel had this to say about Butler’s work: “initially drawn on by the utterly unexpected power and subtly complex intelligence of her extraordinary trilogy Xenogenesis, but sustained and even compelled by the rich dramatic textures, the profound psychological insights” (454) “Butler’s work is both fascinating and highly unusual” Rosemary Stevenson writes; “character development, human relationships, and social concerns predominate over intergalactic hardware” (208).
"I’m not writing for some noble purpose, I just like telling a good story. If what I write about helps others understand this world we live in, so much the better for all of us," Octavia Butler told Robert McTyre. "Every story I write adds to me a little, changes me a little, forces me to reexamine an attitude or belief, causes me to research and learn, helps me to understand people and grow…Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself" (Stevenson 210).

hardcoregurlz:

Octavia Estelle Butler is “the first African-American woman to gain popularity and critical acclaim as a major science fiction writer” (Hine 208). She was born on June 22, 1947 in Pasadena, California, to Laurice and Octavia M. (Guy) Butler. Butler was the only child of five pregnancies that her mother was able to carry to term. Her father, a shoeshine man, died when Butler was very young. Most of her memories are actually stories that she heard from her mother and grandmother. Her mother and she lived in a very racially mixed neighborhood. The unifying factor was the struggle to make ends meet. Butler “never personally experienced the more rigid forms of a segregated society” (Smith 144). Butler was very shy in school, and describes herself as a daydreamer. These factors made it very difficult to succeed in school. She overcame dyslexia, and “began writing when [she] was 10 years old…to escape loneliness and boredom.” (Locher 104). At age twelve she became interested in science fiction.

Butler received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena City College. She then attended California State University, Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. She credits her success to nonacademic programs, though. Two of these programs are the Open Door Program of the Screen Writers Guild of America and the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop. While attending school Butler held down a lot of odd jobs. Her work experiences come through in the character of Dana in her novel Kindred (as quoted above). Butler also spends time researching developments in biology, the physical sciences, and genetics.

Butler has won several awards for her writing. In 1984 she won a Hugo Award for her short story, “Speech Sounds.” In 1985 she won the Hugo for her novella “Bloodchild.” “Bloodchild” also won the 1984 Nebula Award. The Hugo and Nebula Awards are considered science fiction’s highest awards. They are decided on by other science fiction writers and fans. In 1995, Butler won the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” which pays $295,000 over 5 years.

Butler’s patternists series, published between 1976 and 1984, tells of a society that is run by a specially-bred group of telepaths. This is an elite group who are mentally linked to one another in a hierarchical pattern. These telepaths are trying to create a superhuman race. This series includes the books: Patternmaster, Mind of My Mind, Survivor, Wild Seed, and Clay’s Ark. Patternmaster deals with the struggle between brawn and brain. It also comments on class structure and the role of women. Wild Seed "incorporates a great deal of the Black experience, including slavery" (Hine 209). Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago are the three novels that make up the Xenogenesis trilogy. These stories are about the near destruction of humankind through nuclear war and gene-swapping by extraterrestrials. The extraterrestials observe the humans as being hierarchical, which cause them to be prejudiced, and to have class divisions and conflict. These characteristics make it inevitable that mankind will eventually destroy itself without the aliens’ help.

Octavia Butler has been well received by the critics. Burton Raffel had this to say about Butler’s work: “initially drawn on by the utterly unexpected power and subtly complex intelligence of her extraordinary trilogy Xenogenesis, but sustained and even compelled by the rich dramatic textures, the profound psychological insights” (454) “Butler’s work is both fascinating and highly unusual” Rosemary Stevenson writes; “character development, human relationships, and social concerns predominate over intergalactic hardware” (208).

"I’m not writing for some noble purpose, I just like telling a good story. If what I write about helps others understand this world we live in, so much the better for all of us," Octavia Butler told Robert McTyre. "Every story I write adds to me a little, changes me a little, forces me to reexamine an attitude or belief, causes me to research and learn, helps me to understand people and grow…Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself" (Stevenson 210).

gradientlair:

15 good reads/re-reads in 2013. I read fewer books in 2013 (22) than in 2012 (58), but that’s because I definitely wrote 4x the amount in 2013 versus 2012 and read about 3x more articles, essays and papers in 2013 than 2012. These 15 above were good reads though. Some are re-reads because honestly, each time I read a book it’s new. I’m rarely the same person picking it up for the second, third or fourth time. It’s like a familiar destination but how I interpret the terrain changes and the journey is altered a bit.
Below are links (courtesy of readabookson's blog) to download many of them; the ones I couldn't find I just added an Amazon link though you can check your local Black-owned bookstore as well, if you have one in your area.
In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker - Alice Walker
The Womanist Reader - Layli Phillips
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and The Politics of Empowerment - Patricia Hill Collins
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday - Angela Y. Davis 
Sister Outsider - Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde - Audre Lorde
Pedagogy of The Oppressed - Paulo Freire
Are Prisons Obsolete? - Angela Y. Davis
Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur
Black Looks: Race and Representation - bell hooks 
The Cross of the Redemption: Uncollected Writings - James Baldwin
Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and The New Racism - Patricia Hill Collins 
Sisters of The Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery - bell hooks 
Mom & Me & Mom - Maya Angelou
Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters - compilation
The Same River Twice: Honoring The Difficult - Alice Walker
I have a long reading list planned for next year, (which I will try to pin to Pinterest again like I did for ‘12-‘13), but my list is always longer than I can actually accomplish. I guess that’s what makes it great; the idea that you can never really finish, that it’s about the quality of what you read more than the quantity, it’s about how you apply it, and some things need to be read over a lifetime, again and again, even as ideas continue to evolve and build on previous foundations. 

gradientlair:

15 good reads/re-reads in 2013. I read fewer books in 2013 (22) than in 2012 (58), but that’s because I definitely wrote 4x the amount in 2013 versus 2012 and read about 3x more articles, essays and papers in 2013 than 2012. These 15 above were good reads though. Some are re-reads because honestly, each time I read a book it’s new. I’m rarely the same person picking it up for the second, third or fourth time. It’s like a familiar destination but how I interpret the terrain changes and the journey is altered a bit.

Below are links (courtesy of readabookson's blog) to download many of them; the ones I couldn't find I just added an Amazon link though you can check your local Black-owned bookstore as well, if you have one in your area.

  1. In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker - Alice Walker
  2. The Womanist Reader - Layli Phillips
  3. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and The Politics of Empowerment - Patricia Hill Collins
  4. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday - Angela Y. Davis 
  5. Sister Outsider - Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde - Audre Lorde
  6. Pedagogy of The Oppressed - Paulo Freire
  7. Are Prisons Obsolete? - Angela Y. Davis
  8. Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur
  9. Black Looks: Race and Representation - bell hooks 
  10. The Cross of the Redemption: Uncollected Writings - James Baldwin
  11. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and The New Racism - Patricia Hill Collins 
  12. Sisters of The Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery - bell hooks 
  13. Mom & Me & Mom - Maya Angelou
  14. Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters - compilation
  15. The Same River Twice: Honoring The Difficult - Alice Walker

I have a long reading list planned for next year, (which I will try to pin to Pinterest again like I did for ‘12-‘13), but my list is always longer than I can actually accomplish. I guess that’s what makes it great; the idea that you can never really finish, that it’s about the quality of what you read more than the quantity, it’s about how you apply it, and some things need to be read over a lifetime, again and again, even as ideas continue to evolve and build on previous foundations.