Summary: science fiction writer considered as the first black woman to gain national prominence as a science fiction writer whose first novel Kindred (1979) featured a black woman who travels back in time to the South, who wrote numerous essays and short stories and whose most recent work Fledgling (2005) was an examination of the Dracula legend.
Cause of Death: Head injuries suffered from fall
Born: June 22, 1947
Died: February 24, 2006
Location: Seattle, Washington