Butler’s work helps us see how time is a spiral, how the present moment is always layered with multiple pasts and underlying alternate futures.
Ayana Jamieson, PhD is an educator, mythologist, and depth psychologist. She is the founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network, a global community founded in 2011, committed to highlighting Octavia Butler’s life and work while creating new works inspired by Butler’s legacy. Ayana’s essay, “Far Beyond the Stars” appears in the Black Futures anthology, 51 Feminist Thinkers, Uneven Futures: Strategies for Community Survival from Speculative Fiction, and elsewhere. She is assistant professor of ethnic studies and African American studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.