Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1977. First Edition. The pioneering Afrofuturist author's second book, and the second volume in her Patternist series, "developing ideas about the linking of minds via telepathy, first used in the earlier Patternmaster (1976) to described a whole society, one a more intimate scale. The mental gestalt featured here...is racked with internal conflicts; the plot features the power struggle between daughter and father, and between radical idealism and dogmatic conservatism" (Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 4-103). Inscribed by Butler to David G. Hartwell (1941-2016), the legendary editorial and publishing force behind two key anthologies: Year's Best SF and Year's Best Fantasy. Butler was a contributor to his 1992 Foundations of Fear anthology, and would contribute her story "Amnesty" to Year's Best SF 9, and "The Book of Martha" to Year's Best Fantasy 4. Item #4823
First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); olive green boards, with titles stamped in bluish-green on spine; dustjacket; xviii,168,pp. Inscribed by the author to Hugo-nominated editor and publisher David G. Hartwell on the front endpaper: "To David / Good reading / Octavia E. Butler." Fine in a Fine dustjacket, unclipped (priced $6.95), with some pinpoint wear to extremities.