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The Weird and the Weary

Jan 22, 2019

This week we chat about two distinctly original and contrasting women who created incredible worlds through their fantastical wordsmithing while navigating the very realistic times they both struggled and succeeded in. Episode 15 covers a brief history of Taylor Caldwell, an English woman of Scottish origins who found fame with her "Dynasty of Death" series and the incredible Octavia Butler, an African-American woman who was inspired by the sci-fi she grew up reading and a low-budget sci-fi film to become the first sci-fi writer to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship Award all while dealing with dyslexia, crippling shyness, and anxiety. Join us as we tangentially pull it all together on this week's episode, Taylor and Octavia -Two Women Who Defined and Defied.