As a child growing up in Southern California, Octavia Butler was a dreamer who found solace in the books she read. In “Star Child”, Ibi Zoboi explores the forces that made Butler follow a difficult path as a science fiction author. One of her first inspirations was a movie called “Devil Girl From Mars”, which she watched when she was 12 years old. She hasn’t seen it all, however, because she realized, “Well, I can write a better story than that,” and turned off the television to do just that. Zoboi’s book includes numerous quotes from interviews with Butler, who died in 2006, as well as Zoboi’s poetic and prose descriptions of the era in which Butler grew up and the worlds she created with her words. Butler was the first black woman to win the Nebula Award, the highest honor in science fiction, and her stories reach a growing group of readers every year.