Octavia's Immortal Love Story
If you are attacked by Doro, the last thing you see will be his eyes. You, of course, will die screaming in terror as your soul is ripped from your corpse. Doro will wear your flesh for as long as he wants or until he gets bored with it and hungers for a fresh body and killls again and again and again.
He is an African mutant born during the time of the ancient Nubians before Egypt rose to greatness. At puberty, Doro discovered he couldn't die and he went insane. He murdered hundreds of soldiers in mere moments. He hid. It took him centuries to gather the strength to control his hunger and find a purpose for his gifts. He learned to feed only on enemies and occassionally on gifted invidivuals who tasted good.
He plotted to build an empire, one small village at a time; but the European slave trade interrupted his efforts. His people were captured and sent to far away lands. Doro snatched the bodies of White men who owned ships. He would rescue and protect his people and plant them in America where he could protect and breed them.
Then, the unexpected happened; he stumbled upon an old African woman who had lived long centuries and had very unique powers. She could change shapes. She could not die. She could be any age she wanted to be. She had a large family of many generations that she protected by changing into a jungle animal to chase away slavers.
Doro modified his plans. He was lonely. And, her children smelled tasty.
That is a brief look into Octavia Butler's Wild Seed -- part of the Pattern Master series which was published in the 1970s and 80s and still remains popular today.
The books cover many centries and readers will be captured by OB's writing style and descriptions of historical times. Is Doro a hero or a villain? It depends upon which side of the dinner table you sit. He is utlimately powerful, yet he is filled with emotional human weaknesses. He pains, he loves, he regrets, and he gets angry.
There are many interpretations of Butler's Wild Seed and her Patternmaster series. You should make your own.
The African Roots of Science Fiction
By Scott Key
The roots of modern science fiction can be traced back to ancient Africa. Africa has a long tradition of literary speculation — oral and written. AFROFuturism has been around for a long time.
Captured African people did more than sing gospel hyms and bow their heads while being oppressed by sadistic white plantation owners.
Blacks expressed inspirational exploits of freedom and extreme heroics that painted pictures of a fantastic future if a person was courageous enough to take the challenge.
These were the stories spread by the early Architects of AFROFuturism.
Sci-Fi story collections span Africa, America, the Carribean and Europe. See visions of the past, present and future. Sword and Steam, SteamFunk, Black Weird West, AFRO Horror are just a few of the new genres gaining popularity.