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Butler, Octavia. Patternmaster. Warner: New York. 1976. Print.

Reviews from front of book:

"Butler's books are exceptional. . . . Butler is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre . . . the hard edge of cruelty, violence, and domination is described in stark detail . . . real women caught in impossible situation. --Village Voice

"Butler's spare, vivid prose style invites comparison with the likes of Kate Wilhelm and Ursula Le Guin." --Kirkus Reviews

"A new Octavia Butler novel is an exciting event. . . . She is one of those rare authors who pay serious attention to the way human beings actually work together and against each other, and she does so with extraordinary plausibility." --Locus

"Butler sets the imagination free, blending the real and the possible." --United Press International

"Butler's exploration of people is clear-headed and brutally unsentimental. . . . If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be." --The Magazine of Fantasy & Fiction

"Butler's strength is her ability to create complete and believable characters." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Butler is among the best of contemporary SF writers, blessed with a mind capable of conceiving complicated futuristic situations that shed considerable light on our current affairs. Her prose is lean and literate, her ideas expansive and elegant." --Houston Post

"Her books are disturbing, unsettling . . . her visions are strange, hypnotic distortions of our own uncomfortable world. . . . Butler's African-American feminist perspective is unique, and uniquely suited to reshape the boundaries of the genre." --LA Style

Back of the book:

"Butler's literary craftsmanship is superb." --Washington Post Book World