Clay's Ark

Clay's Ark

by Octavia E. Butler

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Overview

In a violent near-future, Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive, they exile themselves in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans. To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony, but to succumb is to relinquish humanity and free will. Desperate, they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland--and endanger the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312143213
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/01/1984
Series: Patternist Series , #5
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 224

About the Author

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was considered one of the best science fiction writers of her generation. The Patternist series (including her first novel, Patternmaster) established her among the science fiction elite. But it was Kindred, a story of a black woman who travels back in time to the antebellum South that brought her mainstream success. For years the only African-American woman writing science fiction books, like Parable of the Sower, Butler encouraged others to follow in her path.

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Clay's Ark 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
anyanwubutler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Published 14 years and seven books after Patternmaster this one goes back to explain the enemies of the telepaths, humans who¿ve been infected by an alien virus. Telepaths, at least as written by Butler in this series, make lousy protagonists. These people, struggling to retain some humanity, are more noble, more interesting. A minor character in Mind of My Mind, Clay Dana, telekinetic, creates a space drive and takes 13 people to Proxima Centauri. The dystopian future in this book is very similar to the future in Parable of the Sower
aaronius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Butler's characters are among the most complex and fascinating in contemporary science fiction, and this book is a short but gripping example. A father and his two daughters, one dying of leukemia, are abducted in a roadside attack by an off-the-grid village infected with an alien disease it takes all their self-control not to spread. Its side-effects give them strange powers: immunity to terrestrial illness, heightened speed and senses; but the children they raise in their hidden mountain enclave are not human, and their enhanced physical drives make avoiding murder and rape a daily struggle. The story is awash in complex, difficult-to-unravel moral situations, where you're unsure which side to be rooting for: do you side with the family struggling to escape, even if that escape might lead to a global epidemic? Does the society they live in *deserve* one? If the disease could cure his daughter's leukemia and let her live, is the father right to try to prevent her from contracting it? Are the half-alien children frightening merely because they are strange, or is there something more sinister in them? How much of your humanity can you sacrifice and still remain human? A strikingly thought-provoking, disturbing, and masterfully written novel.
leld on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short seemingly simple story, but there is more to it. What makes us human? How much can we change, and still call ourselves human? Should we resist change?
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KC-Lewis More than 1 year ago
Read this book in a day. Easy reading for a laid back day. Simple and to the point. Its a great idea of something we think is impossible, but can very well be a possibility in life. Great way to Escape with a bit of a thrill. Love Octavia Butler. This book is an easier read than her well known Wild Seed.
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