“Butler’s spare, vivid prose style invites comparison with the likes of Kate Wilhelm and Ursula Le Guin.” —Kirkus Reviews“One of those rare authors who pay serious attention to the way human beings actually work together and against each other, and she does so with extraordinary plausibility.” —Locus“Butler sets the imagination free, blending the real and the possible.” —United Press International
Lilith’s Brood: The Complete Xenogenesis Trilogy (The Xenogenesis Trilogy)
The newest stage in human evolution begins in outer space. Survivors of a cataclysmic nuclear war awake to find themselves being studied by the Oankali, tentacle-covered galactic travelers whose benevolent appearance hides their surprising plan for the future of mankind. The Oankali arrive not just to save humanity, but to bond with it—crossbreeding to form a hybrid species that can survive in the place of its human forebears, who were so intent on self-destruction. Some people resist, forming pocket communities of purebred rebellion, but many realize they have no choice. The human species inevitably expands into something stranger, stronger, and undeniably alien.