Starting with the Womb: Octavia E Butler’s Dawn

This is one of my favourite novels of all time, one that actively whetted my interest in science fiction. Just FYI.


I first found Dawn, about fifteen years ago, in my local library. I hadn’t heard of Octavia Butler. I’m not sure why I picked Dawn up. It was probably the post-apocalyptic blurb; I’ve always been drawn to stories about the end of humanity as we know it. I hadn’t yet realised that what I liked about those stories was often the fact that they are really about beginnings, too.

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