"These seem to be the genres in which I could be freest, most creative."
"I remember that when I began reading science fiction ... I was disappointed at how little this creativity and freedom was used to portray many racial, ethnic, and class variations. Also, I could not help noticing how few significant women characters there were in science fiction. Fortunately, all of this has been changing over the past few years. I intend my writing to contribute to the change."
Four of the Butler's novels - Patternmaster, Mind of My Mind, Survivor, and Wild Seed - belong to an intrrelated saga called the Patternist series. The connecting threads in the series is a "group of mentally superior beings who are telepathically connected to one another." Spanning time and space from 17th century Africa to a futuristic world, Butler's fiction infuses racism and sexism into the power struggles and social relationships of her imaginary world.