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Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over. Octavia Butler#Art 60
Octavia Butler#Art 60
No one was going to stop me from writing and no one had to really guide me towards science fiction. It was natural, really, that I would take that interest. Octavia Butler#Science 55
Octavia Butler#Science 55
Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyse yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it. Octavia Butler#Frustrations 47
Octavia Butler#Frustrations 47
I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time. Octavia Butler#Science 40
Octavia Butler#Science 40
The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open. But it's wide open in a conditional way. Octavia Butler#Science 39
Octavia Butler#Science 39
I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership. Octavia Butler#Leadership 36
Octavia Butler#Leadership 36
So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction, I was very happy with it, because my first interest in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy. Octavia Butler#Science 26
Octavia Butler#Science 26
I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining. Octavia Butler#Science 26
Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to do is follow the rules you've set. But if you're writing about science, you have to first learn what you're writing about. Octavia Butler#Science 23
Octavia Butler#Science 23
Religion kept some of my relatives alive, because it was all they had. If they hadn't had some hope of heaven, some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide, their lives were so hellish. Octavia Butler#Religion 19
Octavia Butler#Religion 19
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