Survivor

by Butler, Octavia

Survivor by Octavia Butler was published in 1978. The novel is considered part of the Patternist series, falling between Clay's Ark and Patternist in chronology. Butler refused to have it reprinted after a few early editions (it has been out of print since 1981), so it is not technically part of the series. The story focuses on Alanna, a young woman of color and the adopted daughter of 'Missionaries' fleeing the clay'sark plagued Earth. Alanna and her family find themselves on an alien planet, stuck between two warring Kohn tribes: the Garkohn and Tehkohn.

Butler explained why she refused to have the novel reprinted: "When I was young, a lot of people wrote about going to another world and finding either little green men or little brown men, and they were always less in some way. They were a little sly, or a little like "the natives" in a very bad, old movie. And I thought, 'No way. Apart from all these human beings populating the galaxy, this is really offensive garbage.' People ask me why I don't like Survivor, my third novel. And it's because it feels a little bit like that. Some humans go up to another world, and immediately begin mating with the aliens and having children with them. I think of it as my Star Trek novel."

First Edition Identification and Notes

Published by Doubleday in 1978, the first edition of Survivor has "First edition" stamped on the copyright page, and a $6.95 price stamp on the front flap of the dust jacket. 

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Survivor

by Butler, Octavia E.

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1978
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Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1978. First Edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. First edition stated, first printing. Bound in publisher's ochre leatherette boards with titles stamped in black on the spine. Near Fine with light shelf wear and light toning to pages. In a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with light shelf wear and light toning. Butler's… Read more
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1979
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Signet. As New with No dust jacket as issued. 1979. 1st Thus. Softcover. A crisp, clean, tightly bound softcover copy appearing unread, presenting light shelf wear only. Read descriptions carefully. Avoid GLASSFROGBOOKS, ERGODOBOOKS, MORE BOOKS, IRISH BOOKSELLERS, PRO QUO/BAYSIDE BOOKS, BOOKSPLEASE, RIA CHRISTIE, DISCOVER BOOKS, BOOKS2ANYWHERE, BOOKS EXPRESS, CHIRON MEDIA!… Read more
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1979
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First Edition Thus
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Signet, 1979. Very light spine wear. Minor discoloration spots on back cover.. First Edition Thus. Mass Market Paperback. Very Good.
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