Genevieve Valentine · explains a few things about the character named Gen Octaviasdottir in Kim Stanley Robinson's new novel titled NEW YORK 2140, where many readers are now suspecting (guessing) that the character's name is quiet homage and show of respect and shout out to the pioneering SF author Octvia Butler.
Among the characters, NPR explains, there's the ''gruffest police inspector Gen Octaviasdottir.''
......[In the story] a friend of Octaviasdottir's is "Five nine, 120 pounds, well distributed what little there was of her" and makes the inspector feel like "a big black female cop wedded to her job."
Since Octavia Butler is an African-American, and since in Icelandic naming traditions, see Wikipeida for this, a woman in Iceland of often named after her mother or father using the Icelandic word "dottir" (daughter), so that an Icelandic woman today who's father or mother named her might be called "Josephsdottir" or "Mariasdottir". It seems safe to assume the KSR named the character Gen Octaviasdottir as a homage to SF pioneer Octavia Butler, no? Your point of view?