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Butler won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for her works, which both annually recognize the top science fiction writing. She won the first of her Hugos in 1984 for one of her short stories, and the Nebula for Best Novel in 1999 for Parable Of The Talents.

Butler died on February 24, 2006. Some reports say she died of a stroke outside her Lake Forest Park, Wash, home while others stated she died after suffering a fall.

In 2010, Butler was posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction Hall Of Fame.

Despite Butler’s impressive track record and resume, none of her work has been adapted for film despite small efforts over the years to convert her works into a screenplay. Some allege that Butler’s themes of race would need to be whitewashed or otherwise diluted for commercial audiences.

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