Bloodchild | Study Guide

Octavia Butler

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Overview

Author

Octavia Butler

Year Published

1984

Type

Short Story

Genre

Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"Bloodchild" is told in first person by the protagonist of the story Gan. It takes place in a science fiction setting and is a coming-of-age story in which Gan grows up to maturity.

Tense

"Bloodchild" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The title "Bloodchild" refers to the eggs implanted into humans by their alien hosts the Tlics. The grubs in the eggs feed on their hosts' blood and eventually on the hosts' bodies if the grubs are not properly removed in time. In this way the grubs are "blood children." The shared bloodline and the way that alien larvae become the children of their human hosts reference the concept of blood-brothers.

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