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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 01:18 pm:   

Terrible news, from Steven Barnes:
http://darkush.blogspot.com/2006/02/octavia-butler-died-saturday.html

I've seen no other confirmation, but it doesn't look like a joke or mistake.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 01:31 pm:   

Unfortunately, there has been confirmation from the local medical examiner's office.
It's awful.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 02:10 pm:   

Terrible, appalling news. I have 'Fledging' on my desk right now.
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Vylar Kaftan
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 03:15 pm:   

Oh no. :-(

I don't know what to say. I hope she wasn't in pain. Octavia Butler is one of the writers I most admire, and I'll miss her.
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Jonathan
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 04:15 pm:   

I'd heard this. I'd never met her, but what a terrible, sad loss.
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 07:17 pm:   

so sad.
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Mary Robinette Kowal
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 07:31 am:   

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an obituary. Even after reading it, it's hard to believe.
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steve aylett
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 07:55 am:   

For about a year and a half now, all the good (and sane) people in the world seem to be dying. Octavia Butler is one of my favourite writers.

Who next? (Vonnegut?)
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Bruce
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 09:26 am:   

The Canadian news service, www.cbc.ca, pays homage to Octavia Butler; comments from Harlan Ellison, Greg Bear and others.

http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2006/02/27/butler-obit.html
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 08:19 pm:   

This just arrived in my email box from Tempest Bradford. The event is in NYC:

This Friday there will be an informal gathering at KGB bar at 7PM for people to come and drink and remember her books and stories and kindness and fierceness. Bring one of her books to give away or trade or loan or read from if you want. Bring your memories. Bring enough for at least one drink, since the folks at KGB are so nice to us.

What: Drowning our sorrows - in memory of Octavia Butler When: Friday, March 3, 7 - 9ish PM (feel free to drop by anytime)
Where: KGB bar 85 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003 http://www.kgbbar.com/

Pass it along to anyone who'd be interested and bring a friend.

Tempest

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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 07:39 am:   

This is the most accurate and interesting obit I've seen of Octavia:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/01/books/01butler.html
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Bob Urell
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 09:20 am:   

My daughter's middle name is Octavia after Ms. Butler. Fuck.

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