Parable of the Sower (novel)

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Parable of the Sower
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Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Octavia E. Butler
Country United States
Language English
Series Parable trilogy
Genre Dystopian, Science fiction novel
Publisher Four Walls Eight Windows
Publication date
1993
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 299 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-941423-99-9 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 28255529
Dewey Decimal 813/.54 20
LC Class PS3552.U827 P37 1993
Followed by Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Sower is the first in a two-book series of science fiction novels written by Octavia E. Butler and published in 1993.[1]

Plot[edit]

Set in a future where government has all but collapsed, Parable of the Sower centers on a young woman named Lauren Olamina who possesses what Butler dubbed hyperempathy – the ability to feel the perceived pain and other sensations of others – who develops a benign philosophical and religious system during her childhood in the remnants of a gated community in Los Angeles. Civil society has reverted to relative anarchy due to resource scarcity and poverty. When the community's security is compromised, her home is destroyed and her family murdered. She travels north with some survivors to try to start a community where her religion, called Earthseed, can grow.

Proposed third Parable novel[edit]

Butler had planned to write a third Parable novel, tentatively titled Parable of the Trickster, which would have focused on the community's struggle to survive on a new planet. She began this novel after finishing Parable of the Talents, and mentioned her work on it in a number of interviews, but at some point encountered writer's block. She eventually shifted her creative attention, resulting in Fledgling, her final novel.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominated: 1994: Nebula Award for Best Novel - Parable of the Sower

In popular culture[edit]

Parable of the Sower was referred to in hip hop artist Talib Kweli's song "Ms. Hill" off his mixtape Right About Now: The Official Sucka Free Mix CD. In the song, which is about Lauryn Hill, Kweli references how Lauryn Hill used to come into Nkiru (A bookstore Kweli owns in Brooklyn, New York) and liked to buy Octavia Butler books, namely Parable of the Sower.[citation needed] "We used to chill at Nkiru / her moms was a customer / she used to love to buy the books by Octavia Butler / Parable of the Sower, the main character's name was Lauren",[2]

In Lauren Beukes' 2013 novel The Shining Girls, the body of one of the victims, Jin-Sook Au, a social worker, is found with a copy of Parable of the Sower.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fox, Margalit (March 1, 2006). "Octavia E. Butler, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 58". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Ms. Hill". Anysonglyrics.com. 

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