All that you Change
The only lasting truth
That is the one of the many such poems that start off the chapters of Parable of the Sower, and where I came up with the name for the site.
I first read the book after having read Butler's Xenogenesis series (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago) and by that time I was devouring everything she wrote that I could get my hands on.
Parable is my favorite by her. It's set in a harsh world of the possible future, where surviving is paramount and one woman's insistence that there remain a spark of creativity, a thirst for exploration, and one day, a better tomorrow for the rest of humanity, drives her to embark on an arduous and soul-searching journey.
--> Summary (from the back of the book)
Lauren Olamina is an empath, crippled by the pain of others. Cloistered inside a neighborhood enclave in a U.S. where the distance between the haves and the have-nots has widened to a gaping chasm, she lives a protected life. But one night, violence explodes, and the walls of her neighborhood are smashed, annihilating Lauren's family and friends--all she loves and knows.
Now the emptah must face the world outside. Leading a tiny band of desperate followers through a thousand miles of Hell, she is a prophet bearing nothing but the promises of new life and a new faith...Earthseed.