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Prescient US science-fiction author Octavia E Butler, who died in 2006, has been honoured by NASA, who have named the touchdown site of Mars rover Perseverance after her.

Butler, the author of the two-volume Earthseed series, was the first African-American woman to win both Hugo and Nebula Awards. Set in the 2020s, 1993’s depicts America descending into chaos because of climate change and lack of equality. It includes the lines: In the 1998 follow-up, , a rightwing, rabble-rousing President promises

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