If you don’t follow Science Fiction, you may not have heard of Octavia Butler. Ms Butler is considered one of the best SciFi writers to ever grace the planet and she did it by, as she said, “writing herself in.” In other words she wrote from the perspective of a marginalized black woman looking to remake society and humanity. You wouldn’t think fiction with a message of “Embrace diversity or be destroyed” would be popular in the overwhelmingly white male SciFi community, but they love her.
Now her novel Dawn may be coming to TV. Producer Allen Bain has optioned the work as the very first project for his new Bainframe production company. This is kind of a tricky project since the novel is about aliens offering the last humans a chance to survive by mating with them and creating a new species. The book has some pretty graphic sex between humans and the alien race so it will interesting to see how that is handled, not to mention the special effects budget since so many of the characters aren’t human. However, from this interview on IO9, it sounds like Bain is very mindful of the challenges this work presents and wants to remain true to Butler’s vision. Let’s hope he pulls it off. We don’t want another Earthsea debacle.