I’ve often wondered why Octavia Butler’s Parable stories have never been optioned for a movie, or at least a series on one of the cable channels, but I just realized why that will probably never happen: It’s too real. Stories where the apocalypse is brought on by nuclear bombs and whatnot is one thing, but one where mankind is brought to its knees by greed and ignorance? Butler was a seer, these stories have such prescience that they should be in ever schools curriculum, which is the very reason they will not. Our society will not go out with a bang, but with a whimper.

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