Prescient, gripping, and intimidatingly good. Definitely going to read more of Butler’s books.
I’m rather sad that she wasn’t able to complete a new Earthseed series, like she planned, before her death.
Three more things she taught me about writing:
- Perfectly acceptable to have the sequel start out as more "and then this happened".
- First act turn is a great place to upend what the characters have built previously, have the outside world come in with the force of a storm.
- Editors and compilers of biographies can have agendas just like other characters, and become more interesting when they reveal them