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Bloodchild: Plot Summary
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Brief Biography of Octavia Butler
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- Full Title: Bloodchild
- When Written: 1984
- Where Written: Los Angeles, California
- When Published: June 1984
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Short story, science fiction
- Setting: An unnamed alien world, in a protected territory called the Preserve
- Climax: Gan and T’Gatoi’s conversation in the kitchen, wherein Gan decides to shoulder the weight of his responsibility to bear T’Gatoi’s eggs
- Antagonist: T’Gatoi
- Point of View: First-person limited
Extra Credit for Bloodchild
Pregnant Men. Octavia Butler expressed that she had always wanted to write a story about a man voluntarily undergoing pregnancy, not as a statement of equality, but as an act of compassion and sacrifice. “Bloodchild” gave her the opportunity to do so.
Botflies. The idea of the parasitic Tlic was initially born out of her fear of the South American botfly. As Butler was preparing to travel to the Amazon rainforest for research, she read about, and was horrified by, the existence of a parasitic fly that lays eggs in human skin. The safest thing to do is to let the larva grow until it falls out on its own, meaning the host will have to carry it for weeks.