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Evening and the Morning and the Night, the (1987) [Short Story]
by Octavia E. Butler Rating: Weighted - 9.2 / Average - 9.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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In "The Evening and the Morning and the Night," we find yet another kind of slavery. The heroine Lynn is enslaved by a violent and apparently always fatal disease. Duryea-Gode disease is the side effect of a medicine called Hedeonco, which had been "the cure for a large percentage of the world's cancer and a number of serious viral diseases" ("The Morning and the Evening and the Night" 46). If this so-called "magic bullet" seems too good to be true, that is because it actually was. The problem was that the children of those treated with Hedeonco were born with DGD. From that point, the disease was always passed on genetically. Victims of the disease live healthy lives (with a regulated diet) until one day they begin to lose control and mutilate themselves and possibly those around them. Those who do not die from this experience live out their lives heavily drugged and restrained.

First published in Omni, May 1987.

Reprinted in:

  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection (1988)
  • The Evening and the Morning and the Night (1991)
  • Omni Visions One (1993)
  • Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women, ed. A. Susan Williams & Richard Glyn Jones, Viking UK 1995
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories, Four Walls Eight Windows 1995

Original title: The Evening and the Morning and the Night
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionBleak FuturesScience Gone Wrong
FictionGeneral FictionMental Illness

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection, the (1988) [Anthology]
      Authors: Ursula K. Le Guin , Orson Scott Card , Octavia E. Butler , Bruce Sterling , Kim Stanley Robinson , Lucius Shepard , Pat Cadigan , Michael F. Flynn , Pat Murphy , Paul J. McAuley , Robert Silverberg , Walter Jon Williams , Howard Waldrop , Gene Wolfe , Karen Joy Fowler , Ian Watson , Michael Bishop , James Patrick Kelly , Kate Wilhelm , Bruce McAllister , Alexander Jablokov , Neal Barrett, Jr. , Michael McDowell , Joseph Manzione , Dean Whitlock , R. García y Robertson
     Omni Visions One (1993) [Anthology]
      Authors: William S. Burroughs , Octavia E. Butler , James P. Blaylock , Michael Swanwick , Howard Waldrop , Joyce Carol Oates , Marc Laidlaw , Bruce McAllister , Harvey Jacobs , J.R. Dunn
     Bloodchild and Other Stories (1996) [Collection]
      Author: Octavia E. Butler

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