Octavia Butler was born on June 22 1947 in Pasadena, CA. Her father died when she was seven and her grandmother moved in to help her mother raise her. She struggled from a young age, because she was raised in a neighborhood with all different races.
Octavia also had trouble in school and suffered from minor dyslexia. She also was often the target of bullying. To pass free time she took many visits to the local library to write. There she began to pursue her love of science fiction.
Octavia Butler's mom worked as a maid to clean white people's home, and she often went with her. Most of the people she worked for treated her poorly.
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Octavia Butler graduated from John Muir High School in 1965. After that she moved on to study at Pasadena City College at night, and worked during the day. During her college career she won a short story concert. From that she earned $15, which was her first pay as a writer. She graduated in 1968.
She attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop, and then published her first books, called "Child Finder," and "Crossover. In 1976 she published her first science fiction novel, which became very popular among the public, called the "Patternmaster." After that she published many more books, and then when her mother died, she moved to Washington, in 1999.
Octavia Butler published The Parable of the Talents, which won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award for Best Science Novel, that moved on to be a series with four other books. After a long and successful career Octavia Butler died in 2006.