Wild Seed

· Open Road Media
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About this ebook

As the acclaimed Patternist science fiction series begins, two immortals meet in the long-ago past—and mankind’s destiny is changed forever.
For a thousand years, Doro has cultivated a small African village, carefully breeding its people in search of seemingly unattainable perfection. He survives through the centuries by stealing the bodies of others, a technique he has so thoroughly mastered that nothing on Earth can kill him. But when a gang of New World slavers destroys his village, ruining his grand experiment, Doro is forced to go west and begin anew. He meets Anyanwu, a centuries-old woman whose means of immortality are as kind as his are cruel. She is a shapeshifter, capable of healing with a kiss, and she recognizes Doro as a tyrant. Though many humans have tried to kill them, these two demi-gods have never before met a rival. Now they begin a struggle that will last centuries and permanently alter the nature of humanity.

Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Octavia E. Butler’s sweeping cross-century epic places her “among the best of contemporary SF writers” (Houston Chronicle). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.
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A Google user
December 20, 2014
Wild Seed was the first Octavia Butler book that I ever read, and I was struck by the strength and power of her female protagonist, and her roundabout search/attraction to the man (being?) who was her match in every way. A compelling read.
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Just-a -Dude
July 28, 2013
Great science fiction novel that deals with several issues without taking a specific position. Just an all around good read!
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Peter Labat
May 19, 2017
I enjoyed the book, however I felt like it was a long road to nowhere. There was so much conflict between Doro and Anyanwu that never reached a boiling point! I felt like it was a big let down, honestly. I kept waiting for some huge conflict to develop or some amazing plot twist as the story went on but it never arrived and Anyanwu just came around to accepting Doro's ways over and over! I couldn't tell if he was a bad guy or just a terribly misunderstood good guy. I'm going to continue the series though.
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About the author

Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was a bestselling and award-winning author, considered one of the best science fiction writers of her generation. She received both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 became the first author of science fiction to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. She was also awarded the prestigious PEN Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Her first novel, Patternmaster (1976), was praised both for its imaginative vision and for Butler’s powerful prose, and spawned four prequels, beginning with Mind of My Mind (1977) and finishing with Clay’s Ark (1984). Although the Patternist series established Butler among the science fiction elite, it was Kindred (1979), a story of a black woman who travels back in time to the antebellum South, that brought her mainstream success. In 1985, Butler won Nebula and Hugo awards for the novella “Bloodchild,” and in 1987 she published Dawn, the first novel of the Xenogenesis trilogy, about a race of aliens who visit earth to save humanity from itself. Fledgling (2005) was Butler’s final novel. She died at her home in 2006. 

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