3 a.m., and I’m having a conversation with my husband about aliens & the universe — as you do. I tell him all about the amazing Octavia E. Butler and her stories of alien DNA artistry, and about how I don’t believe in synchronicity, and also (random) how much I dislike installation art.

10 a.m., I get an email from a friend letting me know about an upcoming installation-art exhibition in Pasadena, based on Octavia Butler’s work.


You decide.

Either way, I’ll definitely go and try to overcome my installation-art aversion (maybe I’ve just never met the right exhibition?).

Here’s the details, if you’ll be in California soon and love this woman’s work as much as I do! And if you want to do what the aliens are telling you.

Clockshop Presents RADIO IMAGINATION

“Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler is a group exhibition organized by the Los Angeles-based not-for-profit organization Clockshop. The exhibition debuts 6 new commissions inspired by the Octavia E. Butler papers at the Huntington Library. The exhibition is part of Clockshop’s year-long program throughout 2016 celebrating the life and work of Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006).”

Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Exhibition Dates
10/02/2016 to 01/08/2017

Octavia E. Butler was a bestselling and award-winning author, receiving both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her groundbreaking science fiction, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN West. She was the first Black woman to achieve international prominence in the genre, and is the first and only writer of science fiction to earn a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. With Black female protagonists, radical notions of kinship, and a keen understanding of power dynamics, Butler’s writing revamped the conventions of the science fiction genre. Ultimately, her work suggested new ways of thinking and new models of working for generations of writers and artists to come. 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of Butler’s death.”