Octavia Butler or Octavia E. Butler (born June 22, 1947) is an American science fiction writer, and one of the handful of African-American women in the field. She is one of the recipients of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius grants".
Mind of My Mind (1977) - Sequel to Wild Seed. An immortal's breeding program creates a society of networked telepaths that he struggles to control.
Wild Seed (1980) - Two immortals, one who changes bodies and another who has perfect control of her own, struggle to live together over generations. - James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner
Clay's Ark (1984)
Xenogenesis/Lilith's Brood series
Dawn (1987) - After the near-extinction of humanity, a woman is resurrected by the alien Oankali as part of a plan to colonize the earth with alien-human hybrids.
Adulthood Rites (1988) - An alien-human hybrid child is abducted by sterile human resisters.
Imago (1989) - An androgynous being comes of age and integrates human and alien societies.
The three volumes of this series are also collected into two omnibus editions, Xenogenesis (out of print) and Lilith's Brood.
Parable of the Sower (1993) - a girl develops a philosophical system during her childhood in a walled town. When her home is destroyed, she travels with companions to try to start a community where her religion can grow.
Parable of the Talents (1998)
Kindred (1979) - often shelved in Literature or African-American Literature, rather than with science fiction. Story of a modern African-American woman who keeps falling back through time to rescue her white, slave-owning ancestor.
Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995) - title story, "Bloodchild" (1984), won Hugo and Nebula Awards