Octavia E. Butler

In this video from Open Road Media, authors Samuel R. Delaney and N. K. Jemisin and literary agent Merrilee Heifetz speak about the late Octavia E. Bulter, who in 1995 became the first science fiction writer to win a "Genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation. "Her stories really weren't about aliens.... they were about people," says Jemisin.