“I have the kind of imagination that hears. I think of it as radio imagination.”
-Octavia E. Butler
It’s been ten long years since we lost one of the most imaginative people ever to write in the science fiction genre, Octavia E. Butler. The mark this milestone LA based arts organization Clockshop will be kicking off a year long celebration of her life and work. Dubbed “Radio Imagination” from the quote above, the celebration will kick off on February 27th with a FREE (with RSVP) launch party at ClockShop headquarters
Each month for the rest of the year has an event scheduled. There will be a tour of Octavia’s native Pasadena, including her childhood home and her grave site, an exhibition of art works inspired by her work and a discussion of “radical reproduction” focusing on her story Bloodchild among other events. They will even screen the movie that Octavia credited as her anti-muse, Devil Girl from Mars. As Octavia said:
“It’s impossible to begin to talk about myself and the media without going back to how I wound up writing science fiction, and that is by watching a terrible movie. The movie was called, “Devil Girl from Mars,” and I saw it when I was about 12 years old, and it changed my life… As I was watching this film, I had a series of revelations. The first was that ‘Geez, I can write a better story than that.’ And then I thought, ‘Gee, anybody can write a better story than that.’ And my third thought was the clincher: ‘Somebody got paid for writing that awful story.’ So I was off and writing, and a year later I was busy submitting terrible pieces of fiction to innocent magazines.”
Makes you want to run out and rent a copy, doesn’t it? Actually I sympathize, I read an awful fan fiction and thought “I can do better,” so I started writing. So far I have shown no Octavia Bulter-type genius though. Sigh.
The complete calendar can be found here. Hopefully you can get out to LA and participate sometime during the year.