Octavia Butler’s Descendants: Diversity in Science Fiction

When it comes to aliens, fantastical creatures and mutants of all sorts, the world of science fiction and fantasy is about as inclusive as it comes.

But acclaimed science fiction writer and UC Riverside Creative Writing Professor Nalo Hopkinson asserts that the genre still has work to do when it comes to racial and gender diversity. That’s not to say she hasn’t found her niche, and it’s one she is happy to see expanding each year.

As part of UCTV Prime’s series “It Came from Riverside: Inside the World’s Largest Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection,” about UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection, Professor Hopkinson shares her perspective as a woman of color working within the genre and examines ongoing discussions about the growing importance of racial and gender diversity in science fiction.

Watch Diversity in Science Fiction – It Came From Riverside (Extra) and tell us what you think!


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