. If you complete an original reading reflection post for the first half of Parable of the Sower, you will be able to earn extra credit points toward your final grade.

This original reading reflection post should evidence that you have read chapters 2024 and 2025 from Butler’s Parable of the Sower, pages 1 through 99.

Please also watch this clip from John Akomfrah’s film, The Last Angel of History. This film is about Afrofuturism. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

The clip is a little over three minutes long and introduces you to several key figures in Afrofuturism, including cultural critic Greg Tate and musician George Clinton. The film also introduces you to the “data thief” figure as someone who uses technology and music to understand African diasporic cultural productions and how they represent alienation.

Now that you have read the first two chapters from Butler’s novel and have watched the clip from The Last Angel of History, please use the space below to craft your initial ideas and response to reading Butler’s work. Please consider the following,

  • What emotions does the novel inspire in you?
  • Do the events in Robledo remind you of any current events?
  • Would you consider this book to be a work of climate change fiction in addition to a dystopian novel?
  • How do you interpret the depictions of violence in the novel?
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