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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Nov 17, 2020

Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild” is a coming-of-age story, featuring Gan, a young man living on a faraway planet--which at some point in the distant past was colonized by humans. The planet is home to a sentient giant worm-like people. When the humans first arrived, they tried to kill the worms. The worms, in turn, tried to enslave the humans, as they could be used to incubate their own young. But now, it seems, the planet has reached a kind of precarious balance. The humans and the worms are able to live side-by-side. The worms protect the humans by giving them lands to live on, away from worm society. In exchange, the humans--specifically the boys and men--are used as breeding stock for the worm eggs.

Recommended in this episode: Lisa Tuttle's short fiction

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Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini.