Kindred

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Science fiction at its best explores. Its themes, its narratives, its story, all are exercises in exploring some frontier that other literature fears to tread. Octavia Butler here has shown that time travel/parallel narrative/grandfather(mother? paradoxes don’t have to be gimmicks or cheap tricks, but can be used to ask questions of history in ways that we might not otherwise have the language for.