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Dawn by Octavia E. Butler Doc Ø 248 pages Download º ➳ [Reading] ➶ Dawn By Octavia E. Butler ➩ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth—the last stage of the planet’s final war Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes deep in the hold oLilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth the last stage of the planet’s final war Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction They h As one of the earliest African American female science fiction writers Octavia Butler is a must for anyone who reads sci fi Fourteen of her works were nominated for the Locus Award during her career including each book in the Xenogenesis series but she only had one win the novelette “Bloodchild” Dawn is the first book in the Xenogenesis series published in 1987 and is a science fiction classic It achieves what the best in science fiction has to offer by looking at humanity’s interaction with an alien species it examines what it means to be human and to be emotionally intimate It’s a powerful story uncomfortable in character and theme and yet I can’t recommend it enough Lilith is an African American woman Awakening from a prolonged artificial sleep As she reviews her situation the reader learns humanity was engaged in a full scale nuclear war that left almost no survivors Since then she has been trapped in a white box of a room with virtually no outside stimuli except mysterious voices occasionally asking uestions When Lilith finally meets her captors she discovers they are humanoid appearing aliens called Oankali with a talent for gene manipulation and even intimidating sport a large assortment of tentacles instead of hair They carefully explain they’ve managed to save the few remaining humans–for the price of some genetic material Lilith is given little choice to grow comfortable with the Oankali unless she wants to spend the rest of her very long life on their ship If she can work with them there’s a chance she can return to EarthDivided into four sections “Womb” “Family” “Nursery” “The Training Floor” the narrative largely divides the story into chunks of time and stages in Lilith’s interaction with the Oankali Transitions between the sections seem slightly awkward sometimes with setting changes sometimes with significant time breaks The third person limited point of view brings the reader closer to Lilith’s experience without unnecessary breaks in point of view Readers who are used to the popular first person perspective or multi person perspective may find it hard to emotionally relate to Lilith as she copes with her confinement and the proposed genetic destruction of the human raceThe first time I read it I was much younger and lacked compassion for Lilith She is a frustrating main character who is often focused on opposition without logical basis This time I felt I understood her better although I remained disappointed in her naivete Butler did an excellent job characterizing the Oankali; I got the sense of an alien motivation patience and decision making process while still feeling they were somewhat identifiable It really is remarkable how few writers are really able to convey a sense of Other; so many times aliens feel like humans dressed up in strange skins Sadly Butler also represents the range of humanity including uncomfortable extremes and it was tough to witness the very real human dynamicsThere is little doubt in my mind that the story of Lilith exploring issues of freedom and sexuality with aliens has a parallel to the experience of the African slave among white slaveholders or even dominant modern white culture What does it meant to be genetically pure To grant humanity to the oppressor The Oankali are ‘saving’ humanity despite some human objection and doing it on their terms While the Oankali claim their culture is egalitarian and preferable to humanity’s propensity for hierarchy and war it is clear to Lilith that the third sex ooloi enjoy a special rank among the Oankali and that the Oankali are patronizing her and other humans It is easy to be ‘benevolent’ when they hold the power over human life and death Essentially Lilith is given a choice to assimilate or die shipbound but when she elects to die the Oankali claim that they know what she really wants even as she states otherwise And yet there is nothing simplistic here; it is not merely a case of returning humanity to Earth and letting them recreate their self destruction There humans and Oankali trying to do the best as they understand it with a challenging situationIt is a powerful uncomfortable story on many levels The series was released as “Lilith’s Brood” and in a Youtube promotional video Samuel Delany said “you read it you walk around the next few days thinking about it which is I think what good writing makes you do” “Octavia Butler Profile Piece“ I wholeheartedly agree which is why I’ll take a breather before advancing to the next in the series Adulthood Rites cross posted with links at

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Ave kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries as they learned whatever they could about Earth Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was beforeThe Oankali survive by genetically m Aliens save the human race from themselvesOctavia Butler’s 1987 novel Dawn begins her Xenogenesis trilogy the series was titled Lilith's Brood in the Omnibus that was published in 2000 She would continue the story with Adulthood Rites in 1988 and complete the set with Imago in 1989Essentially the world has been devastated by a nuclear war and all that remains of humanity are a few straggler survivors who are picked up by an alien race who has been observing us Butler spends little time here though; we get to know the protagonist Lilith as she is kept alive and awakened by the aliensWhat Butler does with deft erudition and literary skill is build a sense of dramatic tension between Lilith and her alien savior captors Lilith is a difficult hero reluctantly taking the lead in re awakening her fellow humans to be a vanguard of a new civilization and possibly a new raceButler’s phenomenal talent creates for us a richly complex science fiction story but Dawn also acts as a vehicle whereby Butler can explore themes of sexuality isolation gender race and species Not to be lost are also mythic and Biblical references not the least of which is the name given to her protagonist the pre legendary first wife of Adam Butler uses this premise to suggest and illustrate what is wrong with humans and how we can be improved Another Biblical connection could be Lilith as a Moses figure leading a second wave of humans to a promised land earthDawn also reminds me of a primer in sociology In college I took a sociology class and we had a group project We were divided up into partnerships of four and the premise was that we were to pick people to start a civilization after having traveled by spaceship to colonize a new planet Each small group decided what people and in what order would be awakened and we also decided how the new world would be organized It was entertaining and informative to see how different the groups were and in what cultural and political schemes of organization were usedRecommended

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Dawn by Octavia E. ButlErging with primitive civilizations whether their new hosts like it or not For the first time since the nuclear holocaust Earth will be inhabited Grass will grow animals will run and people will learn to survive the planet’s untamed wilderness But their children will not be human Not exactly This is the second book I've read by Octavia Butler and I'm completely impressed by the complexity and intrigue of this story I was afraid that being sci fi I would find it difficult to get into the story and that there would be so much to digest that I would miss something However that is not the case The story is told with extremely adept writing and Butler definitely took into consideration that she was trying to entertain while saying something So what is she saying Tons of stuff She made astute commentary on racism sexism life the sexes community survival etc and the list goes on I recommend it highly I can't wait to go on to book 2 Adulthood Rites on Saturday I'm rooting for you Lilith You can check out my video review here