The expanding orbit of Seattle science fiction writer Octavia Butler

Science fiction author Octavia Butler addressed many contemporary themes in her writing, but added  sophisticated portrayals of racial issues. (Milbert Orlando Brown / KRT)
Science fiction author Octavia Butler addressed many contemporary themes in her writing, but added sophisticated portrayals of racial issues. (Milbert Orlando Brown / KRT)

Years after her death in Seattle, Hollywood is catching up with author Octavia Butler, whose pioneering, prescient science fiction was first published in the 1970s.