February 26th, 2006

Gray Alien Hat

RIP Octavia Butler

Great writer, wonderful person, and commanding presence in any room she inhabited; Octavia Butler died yesterday.

We got the news this morning at Potlatch, putting a very large damper on the festivities. Although she was good friends with only a few of the people there, many of us had developed a personal connection to her after she moved to Seattle and started dropping in occasionally to our parties and conventions. She and I even shared a special kind of connection: We both have the same birthday!

Stay tuned for an obituary here sometime this week. I need time to process things before I write it...