In the Books Section:
- Butler claims this story is not about slavery. Do you agree with her?
- Which characters in this story do you find
sympathetic? Which characters do you dislike?
- As Butler says in the afterword, in part the story
is about how humanity pays its own way on another
species' planet. Does this form of payment seem like
it makes sense? Or, has the story jumped the shark?
"The Evening and the Morning and the Night"
- Is the disease believable? Do you find Butler's
slowly unfolding description of the disease and the
main characters' strengths consistent?
- In a lot of speculative fiction, one disease is
supposed to be a metaphor for another. Do you think
this disease is a metaphor for anything specific?
- What makes this post-apocalyptic story special?
"Near of Kin" and "Crossover" -- The non-genre
- Did these read like complete stories? Or, were they more character sketches?
- Did you find any of the characters to be
sympathetic? Any entirely not sympathetic?
- Is there anyway either of these could be some form
of speculative fiction?
- All in all, the items in the collection are not
light hearted. What rays of hope or optimism do you
see in the collection?
- Do all of the items in the collection go well
together? Do you wish anything had been left out?