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Science and Religion in Fiction book club: Octavia Butler "Parable of the Sower"

From amazon.com: "When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny... and the birth of a new faith."

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  • Elze H

    Though 5 people RSVPd, only two showed up. In this novel, a near-future America is quickly sinking into economic apocalypse with mass poverty, unemployment and crime (due in no small part to global warming); the protagonist, a teenage girl, loses everything and has to make her own way in the world. In the process she constructs a religion she calls Earthseed, intending to help people to adjust to their changing reality. One of our members found a book much too slow-paced. That, combined with the dystopian setting, made for a hard read. The other member did not find the setting to be too depressing, and did not expect a fast-paced adventure story, because that's not what Octavia Butler writes. He also said that if he could ever contemplate subscribing to any religion, it would be like the Earthseed religion in the book: take all the random, unpredictable, blindly cruel aspects of nature and call them "god" -- you could almost say it's a religion that worships a malevolent god.

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may not come tonight. I live outside of town on a steep hill. It's misting here right now, and if it goes below freezing I might not be able to get back up the hill after the meeting. Better to stay in.

    December 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've quite enjoyed rereading this, and will probably be rereading the sequel - Parable of the Talents - next

    December 24, 2012

    • Thad E.

      I've really enjoyed it as well, and I have the sequel sitting on my queue ready to go. But first I have to read Reamde, which is a beast.

      December 24, 2012

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