She used her boundless imagination to dream up futuristic stories with threads of her own experience. Her work opened the possibility for Black people to imagine our place in the future.
Her work continually investigated themes of power, agency, gender, and race. Separated from a modern context, her stories cut deep into the hearts of these issues.
Her book, Kindred, published in 1979, cast her into national prominence. The book, an unorthodox and brilliant combination of time travel and slave narrative delved into the deep emotional conflict of the experience of slavery.
The brilliance and success of her work throughout her career opened the door for other authors of color in science fiction.