'For years, writers we love have named Octavia Butler as an influence. And no wonder: Butler’s novels OWN socially engaged sci-fi/fantasy. They’ve got complex dystopias, fascinating protagonists of color, alien biologies that upend gender binaries, VAMPIRES. Her novels are FOOD. Octavia’s Brood, a collection of short stories & essays, is a stunning tribute to Butler, packed with tales that stretch the imagination. (Also: THAT COVER.) Read it, friends. Read it now.'