An outstanding African-American science fiction writer. The crater on Mars where Perseverance landed has been named for her.
In a tale of survival (written in 1993) set in California in 2025, Butler shows how 15 year old Lauren Olmina faces the chaos brought upon her community by climate change and economic chaos. She works to create a sense of community among strangers who ward off thieves and criminals. Her fight leads to the birth of a new faith Earthseed and a startling vision of humanity.