Mitchell gives the listener a soundtrack of sorts to go along with Butler's trilogy of books, also named Xenogenesis
, or Lilith's Brood.
trilogy--Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), Imago (1989) (1)--is set approximately two hundred and fifty years after a nuclear war on Earth.
Smith, "Morphing, Materialism, and the Marketing of Xenogenesis
," Genders 18 (Winter 1993): 67-86.
Frances Bonner 'Difference and Desire, Slavery and Seduction: Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis
Trilogy' Foundation 48 (Spring 1990): 50-62.
Her later novels include the Xenogenesis
(1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), and Imago (1989)--and The Parable of the Sower (1993).
In Survivor (1978) and the Xenogenesis
trilogy (1987, 1988, 1989), for example, she addressed the need for overcoming prejudice by having different sentient species live together in a symbiotic relationship.
From the Medusa-like appearance of the alien Oankali in her Xenogenesis
Trilogy(1) and the archetypal power of the matriarchal shapeshifter Anyanwu in her 1980 novel Wild Seed to Gan's "female" reproductive function for the Tlic in "Bloodchild," Butler is deeply invested in science-fictional metaphors for the "feminine" which challenge traditional representations.
The second section, devoted to Butler's work in the 1980s (particularly the Xenogenesis
trilogy and short stories such as "Speech Sounds," "Bloodchild," and "Amnesty" from the Bloodchild collection), includes two short personal reminiscences and two scholarly projects (although throughout the collection, many of the scholarly projects include significant elements of personal reflection).
His topics include cytogenetics and sex chromosomes, gynogenesis and consequences, triploidy and sterility, allogenesis and xenogenesis
, sex change and hermaphroditism, and genetic sex determination.
The articles here cover the range of Butler's work, from the earliest Patternist series, through the Xenogenesis
and Parable series, the short stories of Bloodchild, and then to Butler's final novel, Fledgling.
Tucker develops this view of Butler by examining the nature of cultural identity in her Xenogenesis
sequence, where African-American history is melded with SF figures of racial and species difference.
There was my fascination for the science fiction presentation of cancer as a barely conscious potential for transformation, integral to our humanity, a theme in Octavia Butler's trilogy Xenogenesis
. But on the last night of the conference I lay awake, affirming a reluctant but frightened decision to visit the doctor on my return home.