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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
The issues around genetics are well worth the read. The third book in the trilogy was not as strong as the others.Published 17 hours ago by Kimberly Fravil
I actually own all of these books in paperback form, but couldn't resist buying the kindle edition as well. Compelling stories that are deeply wise about the human condition.Published 18 hours ago by Bethe Higgins
Octavia E. Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy is wonderful slice science fiction literature to consume. I found all three works to be very thought provoking and complex. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by T. Wellman
I am so happy to have found Octavia Butler. She is awesome.Published 22 hours ago by Phil McCaffrey
Very well imagined aliens. Tackles a lot of moral and philosophical topics.Published 2 days ago by D. J. MacMain
My introduction to the writings of Octavia Butler. I don't think I could have picked a better place to start.Published 4 days ago by Robloo
Butler has created an alien civilization that is fully realized. There have been many SF stories with humanity as the protagonist and invading aliens as antagonists, but in this... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Manfred Kodila
This is by far the best science fiction I have read thus far in my life. It was an amazing experience. I will keep these stories with me forever.Published 5 days ago by Cristina Adams