I call her the Queen of Afrofuturism. Octavia Butler was a pioneer in the science fiction genre, becoming one of the first black authors and first female science fiction writers to bring science fiction, or as we call it in the romance genre, paranormal, to the forefront.
Octavia Butler won numerous literary awards for her writing, including the MacArthur Fellowship, aka The Genius Grant”. She was the first science fiction writer to receive that honor-and that was just in 1995! Her most popular works include Kindred, the story of a black woman from 1976 who was transported back to 1800’s Maryland, where she meets her ancestors, a slaveholder named Rufus, and Alice, a freeperson forced back into slavery.
Her last work (which has been in my TBR forever) is Fledgling, which tells the story of a young, female, hybrid vampire who must navigate through life with the humans.
I encourage you all to read at least one story by this fantastic author and discover the legend known as Octavia Butler.