The manner in which this is so can be further seen in Jim Miller's observation regarding Octavia Butler's dystopian worldview in her XENOGENESIS
Mitchell gives the listener a soundtrack of sorts to go along with Butler's trilogy of books, also named Xenogenesis
, or Lilith's Brood.
trilogy (1987-89) aliens seek to interbreed with the survivors of a nuclear war to remove a conflict between humanity's genetic traits: intelligence and hierarchical thinking.
Butler's most effective fictions include Kindred and the Xenogenesis
series--three novels from the 1980s, Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago, which feminist critic Donna Haraway singled out as particularly fruitful fictions about hybridity.
In books such as the Patternist novels, published from 1976 to 1984, and the Xenogenesis
trilogy, published from 1987 to 1989 and now collected in the omnibus volume Lilith's Brood, Butler employed the stuff of hard science--biological engineering, interspecies hybrids--to create settings and situations that are both literally and figuratively alien.
51) In the chapter's explosive final subsection, 'Reading Science Fiction as Primatology: Xenogenesis
and Feminism,' Haraway examines, or as she puts it, 'perversely reads,' volume one of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis
Trilogy, the science/speculative fiction story entitled Dawn: Xenogenesis
(1987), as though it were a monograph from the modern primate field.
In her Xenogenesis
trilogy (Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago), humans come close to destruction because of nuclear war.
She and her Bebington business partner Barbara Davies, also a teacher and a mother,have set up Xenogenesis
,a company specialising in courses looking at emotional health and improving communication.
To take two examples from her eight main chapters, under "immigration" she discusses Russell Banks's Continental Drift to establish that immigration is a global phenomenon, next includes Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan to examine the gender dimension, and finally turns to Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis
The name of the latter company reflects his own journey through life: xenogenesis
is the Greek word for the "production of offspring who are markedly different from either parent.
Two exceptions must be noted: Octavia Butler, whose Xenogenesis
trilogy (Dawn, Imago, Adulthood Rites(22)) I have discussed elsewhere;(23) and Gwyneth Jones, whose White Queen is as much an exception to the general point here as her previous Escape Plans and Divine Endurance(24) have been to other attempts to investigate sf and feminism.
Her later novels include the Xenogenesis
(1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), and Imago (1989)--and The Parable of the Sower (1993).
In Survivor (1978) and the Xenogenesis
trilogy (1987, 1988, 1989), for example, she addressed the need for overcoming prejudice by having different sentient species live together in a symbiotic relationship.
From the Medusa-like appearance of the alien Oankali in her Xenogenesis
Trilogy(1) and the archetypal power of the matriarchal shapeshifter Anyanwu in her 1980 novel Wild Seed to Gan's "female" reproductive function for the Tlic in "Bloodchild," Butler is deeply invested in science-fictional metaphors for the "feminine" which challenge traditional representations.
The fourth chapter focuses on Butler's Xenogenesis
trilogy (Dawn , Adulthood Rites , and Imago ), considers the black body's survival capacity in terms of race and gender, and re-envisions identity boundaries.