Announcing the Table of Contents for Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler!

This went up on the website of Twelfth Planet Press a while ago, but I also wanted to put it up on my blog, because this has been a truly great set of works to edit, by writers who are friends, writers I didn’t know personally but admired, as well as writers who were complete strangers. No better opportunity than this to put their names on my blog.


Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler
Edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal

ISBN: 978-1-922101-42-6 (pbk)
ISBN: 978-1-922101-43-3 (ebk)
To be published in August 2017

These are letters from people who knew Butler and those who didn’t; some who studied under her at the Clarion and Clarion West workshops and others who attended those same workshops because of her; letters that are deeply personal, deeply political, and deeply poetic; and letters that question the place of literature in life and society today. Essays include original pieces about Butler’s short story “Bloodchild” and whether we should respect Butler’s wishes about not reprinting certain works. All of these original pieces show the place that Octavia Butler had, has, and will continue to have in the lives of modern writers, editors, critics and fans. Our contributors include:

  • Rasha Abdulhadi
  • Raffaella Baccolini
  • Moya Bailey
  • Steven Barnes
  • Michele Tracy Berger
  • Tara Betts
  • Lisa Bennett Bolekaja
  • Mary Elizabeth Burroughs
  • K Tempest Bradford
  • Cassandra Brennan
  • Jennifer Marie Brissett
  • Stephanie Burgis
  • Christopher Caldwell
  • Gerry Canavan
  • Joyce Chng
  • Indra Das
  • L Timmel Duchamp
  • Sophia Echavarria
  • Tuere TS Ganges
  • Stephen R Gold
  • Jewelle Gomez
  • Kate Gordon
  • Rebecca J Holden
  • Tiara Janté
  • Valjeanne Jeffers
  • Alex Jennings
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Kathleen Kayembe
  • Hunter Liguore
  • Karen Lord
  • ZM Quỳnh
  • Asata Radcliffe
  • Aurelius Raines II
  • Cat Rambo
  • Nisi Shawl
  • Jeremy Sim
  • Amanda Emily Smith
  • Cat Sparks
  • Elizabeth Stephens
  • Rachel Swirsky
  • Bogi Takács
  • Sheree Renée Thomas
  • Jeffrey Allen Tucker
  • Brenda Tyrrell
  • Paul Weimer
  • Ben H Winters
  • K Ceres Wright
  • Hoda Zaki

Luminescent Threads will also include reprints of articles that have appeared in various forums, like SF Studies, exploring different aspects of Butler’s work.

Express. Engage. Etcetera.

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