Even I, avowed non-reader in the SFF categorey, knew and admired the work of Octavia Butler. She died this weekend at age 58. Galleycat, as usual, has the scoop.
Here's another place to read more about her, an interview at Jelanicobb.
I found her when she wrote "Parable of the Sower" and didn't have to read much to be uterly drawn in and engaged.
If you've read her, what did you most like about her writing?
(Thanks to Cindy for the heads up on the interview link)