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Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2021
Just somebody’s nightmare (Butler's). Largely about rape, incest, murder, promiscuity, etc. I had to read this for a grad course on Afrofuturism. I am a scifi fan & have read lots of it that is spectacular. I am also not a prude. This is my 2nd Butler book, after reading Kindred last year. I see no improvement in either the plot or writing between the two books. I had hoped Butler's writing would have improved over time. Both books are about women’s empathic and sexual exploitation and thrive on the prevailing sexual tensions. There's a tad of race-relation exploration in Wild Seed, but nothing really of note. Neither book is enjoyable—just salacious and anxiety-propelled. Not insightful, beautiful, inspiring, or really worth pondering. The emperor has no clothes.