Parable of the Sower is the odyssey of one woman who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized. The time is 2025. The place is California, where small walled communities must protect themselves from hordes of desperate scavengers and roaming bands of "Paints," people addicted to a drug that activates an orgasmic desire to burn, rape and murder. When one small community is overrun, Lauren Olamina, an 18 year old black woman, sets off on foot, moving north along the dangerous coastal highways. She is a "sharer," one who suffers from a hereditary trait called "hyperempathy," which causes her to feel others' pain as well as her own. Parable of the Sower is both a coming of age novel and a road novel, set in the near future, when the dying embers of our old civilization can either cool or be the catalyst for something new.
Udgivet af Headline Books 1905
Octavia E. Butler
Butler er en amerikansk SF forfatterinde. Hun begyndte at skrive i 1971, men fik først udgivet sin første roman i 1976. Hendes første bøger var de fire i "Patternist" serien. I 1984 skrev hun novellen "Bloodchild" som vandt både Hugo og Nebula priserne. Senere skrev hun "Xenogenesis" serien; "Dawn", "Adulthood Rites" og "Imago". Hendes bog "Parable of the Sower" blev nomineret til en Nebula pris. Der er kommet en fortsættelse "Parable of the Talents."