Posted on 03/09/2021 at 11:45 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Octavia E. Butler is in multiple headlines today.

First, the information that all of her fans can celebrate: the site on Mars upon which the Perseverance rover touched down has been officially named the Octavia E. Butler Landing.

NASA, in a statement, said the sci-fi/fantasy pioneer has inspired and continues to inspire scientists and engineers worldwide.

“Her guiding principle, 'When using science, do so accurately,' is what the science team at NASA is all about,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

Head to CNN for a beautifully clear image of the surface of Mars, with a star indicating the Octavia E. Butler Landing.

And in news that may be less widely embraced: FX has given a pilot order to a TV adaptation of Butler’s Kindred.

Deadline has the names of writers and producers in its report on the adaptation, but no information on casting or possible premiere dates.

Kindred tells the story of Dana, a Black writer who finds herself being transported back in time to the Southern plantation where her ancestors were slaves — and slave owners.

Butler, who died in 2006, earned many honors throughout her career, including Hugo awards (Speech Sounds and Bloodchild), the Nebula Award (also for Bloodchild), a MacArthur Foundation fellowship (the first ever given to a science-fiction writer), and the PEN Award for lifetime achievement.

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