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Octavia Butler (1947 - 2006)

I just learned that Octavia Butler died yesterday. Though we shared the same agent, I never had the opportunity to meet her and am surely the poorer for that. We should all hope to live half so well.

There are a number of myths we live by. For instance, the myth of "away," as in "I'll throw it away." Where's that? There's no such place. It's going somewhere. Or the myth of "my little bit won't hurt," or the obvious myths of "bigger is better" and "more is better." We have all these myths, and we believe in them without even recognizing that they're there. We just act on them – and that's liable to be our downfall. — Octavia Butler
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