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February Media Map: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Updated: Jun 1

Cultivate a holistic approach to visionary Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, by exploring related music, books, TV, film, podcasts & social media accounts, with additional resources & articles to check out!

  “The novel can make us. It can get us into 
book, magazine, and movie. 
It can put us where we want to be. We will do it. 
We will WIN! 
We shall always succeed.- An affirmation written by Octavia E. Butler in her 1967 calendar  




*♥ Previous Hardcover Hottie “Book of the Month” Pick!


  • LIFEFORCE group show

  • LIFEFORCE, an all female group show that explores the feminine in the context of a genderless future curated by sisters Kelsey and Rémy Bennett. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s essay, A Cyborg Manifesto, the feminist science fiction and Afrofurturists of the 1970s, the exhibit will feature performance, sculpture, painting, comics, and photography that aim to re code normative expectations celebrating the LIFEFORCE that is beyond human matter and closer to it’s essence. The work focuses on the all encompassing power of “the female” on both physical and metaphysical levels – transcending constructs of race and gender, reclaiming representation, & exploring intersections with science & technology.

  • Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room

  • Martine Syms


  • Juliana Huxtable

  • Kara Walker

  • Sondra Perry

TV & Film

Allow these movie and TV show recommendations to hold you down while we patiently wait for A24’s adaptation of Parable of the Sower directed by Garrett Bradley!

  • Nope (2022)

  • I Am Legend (2007)

  • Gaia (2021)

  • Mother! (2017)

  • The Last of Us (2023)

  • The Maze Runner (2014)

  • A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

  • Sorry to Bother You (2018)

  • Snowpiercer (2013)

  • Blade (1998)

  • Arrival (2016)

  • WALL-E (2008)

  • Princess Mononoke (1997)

  • Gandahar (1987)

  • Fantastic Planet (1973)

  • Kindred (2022)

  • Black Panther (2018)

  • They Charge for the Sun (2016)

Podcasts & Video Essays

"This podcast explores ideas of radical action in a society that works against you every day. Octavia Butler’s writing of science fiction itself is a radical act as well as a means of survival. Storytelling through writing, art, and other means of expression is how the history of Black people in America has survived despite all of the efforts against it. Science fiction is a genre that can almost perfectly embody these experiences, desires, and thought processes. The podcast refers to the idea that activism is its own version of science fiction. As activists and progressive thinking people envision a world different than the one they are living in, they are practicing ideas similar to that of writing non-fiction work. As much as activism can be science fiction, science fiction can be activism. /// As a Black woman writer, Butler’s writing has empowered other Black women artists and activists to study the current political climate of the world while creating a vision for the future. The legacy of Octavia Butler is now embodied by readers taking her works in new directions, as her work allows us to think about our relationship to the planet and one another. It is interesting to see how Parable of the Sower is set in 2020, and how there are many similarities in the environments of this text and our current reality. These circumstances were foreseeable by Octavia, and her work teaches us the lesson that we continue to neglect and work against ourselves and this planet, we will have let colonialism and capitalism be victorious — very well leading our world into the disasters shown in Parable of the Sower."

Accounts to Follow

  • @theparableparable

  • @afrofuturistabolitionists

  • @oparables

  • @octavias_bookshelf

  • @octavias_chariot

  • @blackforager

  • @seedingsovereignty

  • @bqic.ohio

  • @acresofancestry

  • @healfoodalliance

  • @growwhereyouare

  • @intersectionalenvironmentalist


Articles to Check Out


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