This was an interesting and creepy short story. The idea of carrying and hatching insects inside a human grosses me out. In fact, Butler says in the afterword that she wrote it partly out of fear of the botfly who lays eggs in tissue and her fear of this. I've read one other book by her, Clay's Ark, which I really enjoyed and when I was searching for an author for this mini-challenge, I found out she was a lesbian. So knowing that I liked her writing, this was so great. And this is a disturbing little story, but at the same time, sweet and caring. T'Gotoi loves Gan and he loves her, but he is unaware of the exact repercussions of is going to happen. And when he finds out he must decide what to do about it. The choice he makes is a hard one, but probably the right one.
Octavia Butler is a female African-American science fiction who won numerous awards for her work. The story "Bloodchild" won the following awards:
- 1985: Hugo Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
- 1985: Locus Award for Best Novelette - "Bloodchild"
- 1985: Science Fiction Chronicle Award for Best Novelette - "Bloodchild"
- 1984: Nebula Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
Something interesting is the foreword included where Butler talks about writing short stories and getting rejected by publishers. She says she hates writing short stories because she finds it frustrating to try and contain her ideas in a smaller format. But the stories included in this book are truly short stories for her.