feature: octavia butler’s 1987 novel ‘dawn’ is coming to tv

September 7, 2015

As reported by Shadow and Act, the late Octavia Butler’s 1987 novel ‘Dawn’ is set to become a television series. In her first book of her Lilith’s Brood series (formerly Xenogenesis), the pioneering African American Sci-fi author writes about a human race that is forced to save itself from extinction by mating with an alien species. In a conversation with Shadow and Act, producer Allen Bain (who obtained the adaption rights) states: “I think a lot of the sci-fi we have now dwells on the idea that the world is coming to an end, one person is saving that world, and everything is grim and depressing. The projects that I’m looking at are a little more complex than that.¬†I don’t think that “Dawn” is a dystopian novel by any means. I think it’s more of a utopian novel because humans are getting a chance to restart society. I know it sounds a little clich√© but I want people to dream of a better tomorrow.”

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor