NASA’s long under-celebrated black female mathematicians are getting a belated profile boost thanks to the movie Hidden Figures. But even as their names become more recognizable, maybe even household names, some of the genius women portrayed in the film have remained modest about the historical significance of their…
The phenomenally talented, groundbreaking science fiction author Octavia Butler died in 2006. Her papers went to the Huntington Library, and they’ve just put a document online that you really should see.
When an interviewer asked Hugo- and Macarthur-winning novelist Octavia Butler what she thought of her books being classed as science fiction, she said, "Really, it doesn't matter. A good story is a good story." In honor of Women's History Month, here is (some of) the story of Butler's life.