Octavia Butler portraits.
At the age of 10, Butler begged her mother to buy her a Remington typewriter, and she began writing. At 12, she watched the telefilm Devil Girl from Mars (1954) and concluded that she could write a better story. She drafted what would later become the basis for her Patternist novels.
As an adult she managed to break into the white male dominated field of science fiction writing. She was a multiple recipient of the Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, Butler became the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship