Growing up Octavia E. Butler was told she couldn't be a science fiction writer because she was black. But it was too late to deter the inquisitive, determined young teenager. Butler persevered with her writing and by her early 20s, began getting her stories published. Today she is one of the best known and few African-American female science fictions writers in the field.
"I don't write about good and evil with this enormous dichotomy," she once said about her writing. "I write about people. I write about people doing the kinds of things that people do.