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My god, what did I just readI don t think I was ever so aware of my body and my safety and my breathing space as I am now One s body is perceived as a temple defile it and you ll break that person for life This book is not about humanity being self obliterated, or close encounter of 5th kind or It doesn t even have action So, if you expect battles and how we prevail in the face of bad aliens, don t.It s all about the interaction between the two species, or better said, races It deals with racism, xenophobia, slavery, apartheid, totalitarianism, lack of freedom, imprisonment, psychological manipulation, humiliation, mental torment, lack of intimacy, fear of unknown and of one s most inner desires Violence is presented literally being a cancer I don t think I ever looked at it as such and now I don t think a better comparison can be found And the list can continue Still, it is not accusing It presents facts and PoV from both sides and everything seems to be so wrong and yet, you will have doubts The sex view spoiler sensorial stimulation hide spoiler Rating 5 of fiveI m wore out, wrung out, and tuckered out I ll get a review up before long.Meantime, look at the notes I ve left.And leave us not to forget that, in this troubled passage in US and world history, the present Golden Age of Sci Fi on Screen will gift us with the first ever adaptation of a Butler novel, this one, by no less a new voice than Ava DuVernay She is the talent behind the good buzzed adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time The Publisher Says Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth the last stage of the planet s final war Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before.The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations whether their new hosts like it or not For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet s untamed wilderness But their children will not be human Not exactly.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E Butler including rare images from the author s estate.My Review I think the 12 notes I left publicly viewable are enough of a review of the book as a piece of writing They re tied to passages I found important and so will, I hope, make the aesthetic point of why I think you should read this book, and in fact the series as a whole.What I comment on now is the why of reading SF, fiction by women, fiction by people of color a phrase I m no comfortable with than the colored people of my vanished youth , SF by women of colorreading and absorbing and thinking about the ideas given to you, amazingly freely and trustingly, by people you aren t like and maybe even people you don t like.I think you should read these astounding gifts of personal creativity because they offer a close look into the ideas that someone unlike you finds important If you don t learn what people unlike you find important, you run the risk of being caught in a labyrinth of dark sameness, a place where you don t need light because you know the contents of your environment so well already that there s no read need to take a good look at them.And that is how we got to the point where we are as a country, here in the US as well as in the UK, and a culture, both in the West and the East No one listens We wait for our turn to talk without engaging our brains to process what our ears are hearing And that s only if we re polite.Open up a little by reading Butler s tale of the Oankali changing earthlings genetics to improve their health and well being In the wake of a species ending nuclear war, the earthlings aren t grateful to the Oankali for rescue, they re angry that they had no choice, no say, no chance to refuse being saved if it meant being used and manipulated for and by the Oankali.Butler put her finger squarely on the conflict The earthlings were given no choice They were unquestionably manipulated before they were given any chance to comment on these things They had also just blown their entire planet into an extinction event Did they deserve a say Butler gives Lilith the words to complain about the earthlings treatment and the Oankali to explain but not apologize the whys of it.In my never humble opinion, a species that blew its home into an extinction event over stupid crap doesn t need any consultation to be offered, still less consent to be sought Be damned good and grateful these interstellar gene machines arrived in time to do squat for you, which they didn t have to do at all Given their culture s immense experience with and commodification of gene manipulation, they could simply have paused, grabbed some material aka survivors of the holocaust and used them before disposing of them.The Oankali s ethics are superior to the earthlings , and they didn t do that They set about repairing the damaged earth and improving the damned earthlings who caused the problem in the first place, while making every effort to understand and support them along the way.A lot like animal researchers are doing today among cetaceans and great apes.Oh my.Don t like having done to us what we so blithely do to others, do we And yet it s perfectly justifiedthe changes are being made for the earthlings future benefit, after all.After the weekend of 10 August when neo Nazi and alt right hate machines burst their closet doors of simply screaming at normal, decent people at last and began the hot war portion of their Civil War against goodness, kindness, and decency, reading a book like Dawn is an excellent primer in how this horror got started A decent and perfectly reasonable human gets all bent out of shape and even decides she d prefer to die rather than have her tiny little patch of personal control violated despite the certainty that she is and will continue to be better off for it.I was never sanguine about human nature I m not turning any corners in that regard now But I can see a tiny thread visible in the labyrinth Read Read the stuff that isn t just like you like the world to be At least try that much, because it s no exaggeration to say your way of life is on the line Try to hear what the Other is saying underneath the screams We have to find the thread and follow it to our common source or we re headed the way of Butler s earthlings.And I do not think there are any Oankali on the way to help us. As one of the earliest African American female science fiction writers, Octavia Butler is a must for anyone who reads sci fi Fourteen of her works were nominated for the Locus Award during her career, including each book in the Xenogenesis series, but she only had one win, the novelette Bloodchild Dawn is the first book in the Xenogenesis series, published in 1987, and is a science fiction classic It achieves what the best in science fiction has to offer by looking at humanity s interaction with an alien species, it examines what it means to be human and to be emotionally intimate It s a powerful story, uncomfortable in character and theme, and yet I can t recommend it enough More at my favorite sites, where no amount of trolling and flagging will get my reviews removed Aliens save the human race from themselves.Octavia Butler s 1987 novel Dawn begins her Xenogenesis trilogy the series was titled Lilith s Brood in the Omnibus that was published in 2000 She would continue the story with Adulthood Rites in 1988 and complete the set with Imago in 1989.Essentially, the world has been devastated by a nuclear war and all that remains of humanity are a few straggler survivors who are picked up by an alien race who has been observing us Butler spends little time here though we get to know the protagonist Lilith, as she is kept alive and awakened by the aliens.What Butler does with deft erudition and literary skill is build a sense of dramatic tension between Lilith and her alien savior captors Lilith is a difficult hero, reluctantly taking the lead in re awakening her fellow humans to be a vanguard of a new civilization and possibly a new race.Butler s phenomenal talent creates for us a richly complex science fiction story but Dawn also acts as a vehicle whereby Butler can explore themes of sexuality, isolation, gender, race and species Not to be lost are also mythic and Biblical references, not the least of which is the name given to her protagonist, the pre legendary first wife of Adam Butler uses this premise to suggest and illustrate what is wrong with humans and how we can be improved Another Biblical connection could be Lilith as a Moses figure leading a second wave of humans to a promised land earth.Dawn also reminds me of a primer in sociology In college I took a sociology class and we had a group project We were divided up into partnerships of four and the premise was that we were to pick people to start a civilization, after having traveled by spaceship to colonize a new planet Each small group decided what people and in what order would be awakened and we also decided how the new world would be organized It was entertaining and informative to see how different the groups were and in what cultural and political schemes of organization were used.Recommended. I loved the almost elegant and unrelenting unfolding of a most unusual alien apocalypse The Oankali are the saviors of humankind after a nuclear war, preserving a population of survivors in a form of suspension while working to facilitate recovery of planetary ecology But at what a cost Their agenda is to merge genetically with humans to make a new species That plot overview is certainly a spoiler, but that is what is rendered for a draw on the book s cover It s really okay because we are well immersed in the slow process of discovery by the lead character, Lillith She wakes up to months of isolation in a sterile environment We experience her struggles with xenophobia over her progressive contacts with the creepy Oankali Butler excels as usual in making aliens believably alien There are three sexes, of which, the one who buddies up with her is of the intelligent neutral gender I ll say no on their nature and powers.I can say that Lillith goes through a long process of horror, defiance, despair, and eventual seduction to the cause working with the aliens They want Lillith to help wake up and facilitate the acceptance of humans for the colonization effort None are as adaptable as she is, and many see her as a traitor or, due to genetic enhancements the Oankali bestow on her, no longer human It s a brilliant and emotionally wrenching story Perhaps being a black woman the author intends some analogies to slavery in her plot If so, that makes an added bonus to a compelling tale already well blessed with innovation.One could stop with this book, but there are two volumes in the series if you get hooked I can t wait to see what happens when they get back to Earth Will humans be transformed beyond recognition as humans Or will they somehow get out from under these powerful beings and escape the Faustian bargain And, if so, can they get on a path that does not point to eventual self destruction again This is the second book I ve read by Octavia Butler and I m completely impressed by the complexity and intrigue of this story I was afraid that being sci fi I would find it difficult to get into the story and that there would be so much to digest that I would miss something However that is not the case The story is told with extremely adept writing and Butler definitely took into consideration that she was trying to entertain while saying something So what is she saying Tons of stuff She made astute commentary on racism, sexism, life, the sexes, community, survival, etc and the list goes on I recommend it highly I can t wait to go on to book 2, Adulthood Rites, on Saturday I m rooting for you Lilith You can check out my video review here I have such conflicted feelings about this book I found it both brilliant and disturbing in equal measure The beginning introduces the reader to a strange and terrifying situation that sucks you in right away The horror at some revelations is delivered so realistically that I found myself clenching my teeth and trying to hide in the pillows I was reading on I was very impressed The I read on though, the unsettling things became Near the last quarter of the book Octavia crossed a line that made me very uncomfortable I was disgusted and could no longer enjoy this bizarre story because of how very disturbing things became I finished this book late last night and fell asleep thinking about it I ve been thinking about it all day I even thought about it in church this morning I m not sure if I want to read the rest of the series or not I don t like the ideas the author has scared my brain with, but I am fascinated I feel like the humans in this book, unable to admit what I really want because of how upset I am by it Well done Ocatavia Butler. A large octupus alien has a pretty realistic threesome with two dimensional humanoids Dreams are made of this well, but not my dreams Nor nightmares Dawn remains prime example of the reasoning behind my headstrong, unwavering apathy for most Sci fi novels. I was utterly compelled When I got to the end, I was so hungry for the next book I was actually frustrated not to have it to hand The last book I enjoyed nearly this much was The Lathe of Heaven so I guess I need to give in and accept that speculative fiction with feminist consciouness is my true love.I love that Lilith is angry with her captors, that she doesn t lose her drive to be free, ever In many ways I felt the book was about consent what does consent really mean when your options are constricted, when you know you are powerless Lilith uses violence for the first time to prevent a rape The victim was kicking and screaming in the grip of her captors, who urged it s your duty, you don t have the right to resist Lilith says nobody here is property, nobody has the right of use of anyone else s body but this assertion is almost ironic considering the group s predicament Butler does not spend time giving Black Feminism 101 Come on reader, you can do that work on your own The material is here control of fertility, stolen children, Lilith s weary expectation of forced breeding The nuances of love and male violence Even the misgendering of the Oankali has feminist resonance the ooloi are read as male because they appear in authoritative roles and because they arouse men s sexual jealousy Butler takes her investigation of consent to a whole new level through the Oankali s ability to read human chemistry but not thought, to the idea of chemical consent.I love that Butler takes emotion seriously at all levels and fills Lilith s dilemma with conflict, with arguments for both sides The Oankali have saved the species, regenerated the destroyed Earth, they are culturally attractive When they offend human scruples, they almost know not what they do sexual shame is alien to them We are not expected to accept the assertions of Jdaya and Nikanj I know you, I ve studied you this is the White man s voice, and the epistemology it rests on is challenged in the way the story unfolds you ve studied my history, but you haven t lived it, so you don t know it as I do You ve studied my body, but you can t read the whole of who I am there On the other hand how dispiritingly disappointing the other awakened humans are One of the hardest things to accept about the book is its pessimism about humanity It was impossible not to agree that the humans need help the argument in my heart is how to feel about the price.I wouldn t have fought for my freedom at all I think, which is a bit worrying Bring the Oankali I say I am already a vegan anarcha eco feminist I am ready for the non sexist non hierarchical life venerating invaders Butler won t countenance such uncritical acceptance The Oankali are not anarchists in my view, because they coerce, not vegans, because they use other animals including humans They are compelled, as we are, though differently, by their genes I am reminded of Daniel C Dennett s writing on genes and their agendas when Jdaya says I am as committed to the trade of genes as you are to breathing, I don t quite believe I think it may be closer to the commitment to breeding This leads me to a big question her book left me with what about me I m not heterosexual This possibility of sexual diversity among the Oankali who are of three sexes is not mentioned, but the same is true of the human group Butler tells us there were no voluntary vegetarians but is silent on the possibility of same sex desire Maybe I ll find out in the next book I can hardly wait `DOWNLOAD EPUB ☝ Dawn ↛ Lilith Iyapo Has Just Lost Her Husband And Son When Atomic Fire Consumes Earth The Last Stage Of The Planet S Final War Hundreds Of Years Later Lilith Awakes, Deep In The Hold Of A Massive Alien Spacecraft Piloted By The Oankali Who Arrived Just In Time To Save Humanity From Extinction They Have Kept Lilith And Other Survivors Asleep For Centuries, As They Learned Whatever They Could About Earth Now It Is Time For Lilith To Lead Them Back To Her Home World, But Life Among The Oankali On The Newly Resettled Planet Will Be Nothing Like It Was BeforeThe Oankali Survive By Genetically Merging With Primitive Civilizations Whether Their New Hosts Like It Or Not For The First Time Since The Nuclear Holocaust, Earth Will Be Inhabited Grass Will Grow, Animals Will Run, And People Will Learn To Survive The Planet S Untamed Wilderness But Their Children Will Not Be Human Not Exactly