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Set on a distant planet, Bloodchild is award-winning author Octavia E. Butler’s shattering meditation on symbiosis, love, power and tough choices. It won the Hugo, Locus, Nebula and Science Fiction Chronicle awards and is widely regarded as one of her greatest works. Perfect for fans of the thrilling Arrival and the works of Ursula Le Guin.

‘Butler graces new mansions of thought with her eloquent, distinguished and poignant prose. Although this book is little in size, its ideas are splendidly large’ Booklist

‘One of the most significant literary artists of the 20th century’ Junot Diaz

Years ago, a group known as the Terrans left Earth in search of a life free of persecution. Now they live alongside the Tlic, an alien race who face extinction; their only chance of survival is to plant their larvae inside the bodies of the humans.

When Gan, a young, boy, is chosen as a carrier of Tlic eggs, he faces an impossible dilemma: can he really help the species he has grown up with, even if it means sacrificing his own life?

What readers are saying about BLOODCHILD:

The best short story I’ve ever read. Utterly compelling, disturbing, intimate

Absolutely amazing. A must-read for Sci-Fi lovers’

Wonderfully written, masterfully built and oh so thought-provoking, Bloodchild is everything you could wish for in a work of science fiction’


Butler's books are exceptional
Village Voice
Moving, frightening, fun, and eerily beautiful
Washington Post Book World
In a field dominated by white male authors, Butler's African-American feminist perspective is unique, and uniquely suited to reshape the boundaries of the sci-fi genre
L.A. Style