Further Reading

The text of "Bloodchild" is available online through the Washington Post and Google Books.

Wikipedia is, I think, a wonderful place to start finding information and my favorite free encyclopedia has a decent page on Octavia Butler and pages dedicated to her other fiction, though one specifically about "Bloodchild" does not exist. Bear in mind, you should always take Wikipedia with a grain of salt - check your facts, don't cite this as a source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_Butler.

Nicholas Whyte offers a comprehensive overview of many different critical interpretations of "Bloodchild," though his comments are brief and many of his links dead: http://www.nicholaswhyte.info/sf/bch.htm.

Elyce Rae Helford of Middle Tennessee State University wrote a long essay on "Bloodchild" that I don't agree with but is very thorough and well thought out and is certainly educational: "Would You Really Rather Die than Bear My Young?": The Construction of Gender, Race, and Species in Octavia E. Butler's "Bloodchild".

eNotes has a summary and study guide about "Bloodchild" as well as other information about Octavia Butler: http://www.enotes.com/bloodchild.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses Butler and "Bloodchild" in the context of her Xenogenesis or Lilith's Brood novels: http://web.mit.edu/m-i-t/science_fiction/profiles/butler.html.


1.Allison, Dorothy. "The Future of the Female: Octavia Butler's Mother Lode." Reading Black, Reading Feminist. Ed. Henry L. Gates, Jr. New York City: Meridian, 1990. 471-478.

2. Balagun, Kazembe. "Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler Dead At 58." The New York City Independent News Center. 27 Feb. 2006. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/01/63925.html>.

3. Butler, Octavia E. "Bloodchild." The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ed. Garyn G. Roberts. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2003. 1035-1048.

4. Butler, Octavia E. ""Devil Girl From Mars": Why I Write Science Fiction." Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Media in Transition. 19 Feb. 1998. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://web.mit.edu/m-I-t/articles/butler_talk_index.html>.

5. Butler, Octavia E. Interview with Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodmen. DemocracyNow! 11 Nov. 2005. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/11/158201>.

6. Butler, Octavia E. "The Monophobic Response." Dark Matter: a Century of Speculative Fiction From the African Diaspora. Ed. Sheree R. Thomas. New York City: Warner Books, 2000. 415-416.

7. Doerksen, Teri A. "Octavia E. Butler: Parables of Race and Difference." Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic. Ed. Elisabeth A. Leonard. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood P, 1997.

8. Ducao, Arlene. "Bloody, Bloody Night: Pregnancy, Dominance, and Devotion in "Bloodchild"" Kaon Na. 10 Apr. 2000. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://www.arlduc.org/word/Bloodchild.html>.

9. Helford, Elyce R. ""Would You Really Rather Die Than Bear My Young?": the Construction Of." African American Review 18.2 (1994): 259-271. JSTOR. DePauw University Library, Greencastle. 19 Nov. 2007.

10. Hughes, Aaron. "Octavia E. Butler: Bloodchild and Other Stories - Fantastic Reviews Book Review." Fantastic Reviews. 29 May 2005. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://www.geocities.com/fantasticreviews/bloodchild.htm>.

11. Keating, Ann Louise. "Octavia E. Butler." Contemporary African American Novelists: a Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood P, 1999. 69-75.

12. Marshall, John. "Octavia Butler, 1947-2006: Sci-Fi Writer a Gifted Pioneer in White, Male Domain." Seattle Post-Intelligencer 27 Feb. 2006. 18 Nov. 2007 <http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/books/260959_butlerobit26ww.html>.

13. McCaffery, Larry, ed. "Ab Interview with Octavia E. Butler." Across the Wounded Galaxies: Interviews with Contemporary American Science Fiction Writers. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois P, 1990. 54-70.

14. Person, Lawrence. "NOVA Express - Reviews." NOVA Express. 18 Nov. 2007 <http://sflit.com/novaexpress/14/reviews-14.html#bloodchild>.

15. Poppe, Terre. "Women's Books Online - a Cooperative Book Review - Q1 1996." Cybergrrl.Com. 1996. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://home.cybergrrl.com/review/gb0496.html#Blood>.

16. Potts, Stephen W. ""We Keep Playing the Same Record": a Conversation with Octavia E. Butler." Science Fiction Studies 23 (1996). 19 Nov. 2007 <http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/interviews/potts70interview.htm>.

17. Quilter, Laura. "Feminist SFF & Utopia: an Octavia Butler Bibliography." Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Utopia. 13 June 07. 25 Nov. 2007 <http://feministsf.org/authors/butler.html>.

18. Shaw, Heather. "Strange Bedfellows: Eugenics, Attraction, and Aversion in the Works of Octavia E. Butler." Strange Horizons. 18 Dec. 2000. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://www.strangehorizons.com/2000/20001218/butler.shtml>.

19. Snider, John C. "Interview: Octavia E. Butler." SciFiDimensions.Com. 2004. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://scifidimensions.com/Jun04/octaviaebutler.htm>.

20. Whyte, Nicholas. ""Bloodchild" by Octavia Butler." Nicholas Whyte. 12 Dec. 2002. 19 Nov. 2007 <http://www.nicholaswhyte.info/sf/bch.htm>.