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Beacon Press is an independent publisher of serious non-fiction and fiction. Our books often change the way readers think about fundamental issues; they promote such values as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life. Visit our website at
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Happy birthday to Octavia E. Butler! Butler (1947-2006) is one of the best known and most celebrated African American women writers in science fiction, having received Nebula and Hugo awards for her work, and other recognition including a MacArthur Genius Grant. Her writing is valued for its blend of social themes in fantastic settings. Visit her official website at