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Lilith's Brood Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected -- by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: their own children. This is their story...
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This is a collection of three novels that make up the Xenogensis Trilogy. Readers interested in the trilogy should read the series in order: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago.
DAWN introduces the reader to a fascinating alien race that intends to save a post-nuclear holocaust earth by repopulating it with half-human, half-alien beings. The concept of crossbreeding through genetic engineering with an alien race to create a new species is a truly innovative storyline. The Oankali intend to take a number of humans they saved from a nucleated earth, cross-breed with them, and reintroduce them and their alien offspring to the earth. The highly negative reaction of the humans to this idea is very realistic and their interactions with the aliens are conceivable. The main character, Lilith Iyapo, is a strong willed African-American woman who learns to accept the aliens for what they are but never fully comes to accept their plans for the human race.
The Oankali are an imaginative race with three genders, the third being a necessary intermediary between the male and female Oankali during intercourse and for procreation. Therefore it is not surprising that the "third" gender (it is not really neuter) is the dominant gender of the race. They travel in an interstellar ship that is entirely made of living tissue and the Oankali physically interact with the ship to produce food, dispose of waste, and reproduce other needs. The Oankali travel about the universe and cross breed with other sapient beings out of necessity. Humans are just another of their "victims" or "beneficiaries", depending on one's point of view. The new species is ostensibly better than its parent species.Read more ›
And now that we're past that tortured sentence, some ground rules. No, if you've never read science fiction before, it's not like what you THINK science fiction is like: check out Ursula LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, Samuel R. Delany, Harlan Ellison, James Tiptree Jr., Marge Piercy, or the many other SF writers who use the genre as a literature for deep exploration into what it is to be human and what it is NOT to be human. If you're trapped in the genre ghetto and fear (as I once did, shamefully, long after I had a million reasons to know better) that there's something cheesy or wishy-washy about Butler, what with her other books about new religions and African myths and whatnot, all I have to say is GET OVER IT, because her speculative thinking cuts you like a knife and leaves you shivering, and because unlike most SF authors and most mainstream authors, she has an overwhelming sense of the realities of everyday people building relationships (and breaking them) in adversity. The conflicts between people are very real, no one is motivated just by a single issue, and a lot of things come down to slightly unpleasant compromise.
Now, to Butler's work, and to the novels at hand.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Richly written beautiful prose. You get behind and champion her characters, even the aliens. Would recommend this book with the highest confidence.Published 13 days ago by Lisa Mree
Octavia Butler is a master science fiction writer. The science isn't overwhelming--if anything it's kind of secondary. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dr. Boss
I thoroughly enjoyed these books, from the beginning when Lileth was waking up through the ending. The descriptions of human and alien emotions were believable and rung true. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Martin Roefer
Breathtaking and haunting, I guarantee that these books will stay with you forever.Published 19 days ago by a. asen
Unusual, imaginative books. Compellingly written, I didn't want them to end. Have already recommended them to other readers.Published 19 days ago by annette bradford
One of the better science fiction series I have read. Interesting ideas about family and the importance of procreation.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Astounding story, with fascinating exploration about how far you can deviate from the human norm and still be classed as human.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am into the third of the three books, and I absolutely love this series. The characters are explored deeply, especially their interactions with one another. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Spectacular. Kicking myself I didn'the discover this sooner.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer