Published Black women writers were rare in 1950s America—and Black women science fiction writers even more so—but that didn't keep Butler from recognizing her own potential. While watching the B-movie Devil Girls From Mars (1954) at age 12, she realized that she could write something better than that film. She also continued her education past undergraduate school, attending the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop at the recommendation of her mentor and fellow science fiction writer Harlan Ellison. Wright was editing a magazine at the time and had Ellison write a review, and, after that, a short story. For more incredibly interesting facts about novelists and their works, pick up our new book, The Curious Reader: A Literary Miscellany of Novels and Novelists, out now!