In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

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Little, Brown Book Group, Oct 20, 2011 - Literary Collections - 160 pages
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IN OTHER WORLDS: SF AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION is Margaret Atwood's account of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as 'science fiction'. This relationship has been lifelong, stretching from her days as a child reader in the 1940s, through her time as a graduate student at Harvard, where she worked on the Victorian ancestors of the form, and continuing as a writer and reviewer. This book brings together her three Ellman Lectures on 2010 - 'Flying Rabbits', which begins with Atwood's early rabbit superhero creations, and goes on to speculate about masks, capes, weakling alter egos, and Things with Wings; 'Burning Bushes', which follows her into Victorian otherlands and beyond; and 'Dire Cartographies', which investigates Ustopias -Utopia/Dystopia - including her own ventures into those constructions. IN OTHER WORLDS also reprints some of Atwood's key reviews and speculations about the form, or forms - for she also elucidates the differences - as she sees them - between 'science fiction' proper, and 'speculative fiction', not to mention 'sword and sorcery/fantasy' and 'slipstream fiction'. For all readers who have loved THE HANDMAID'S TALE, ORYX AND CRAKE, and THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD - not to mention the mini-sci-fi tales about Lizard Men and Peach Women embedded in THE BLIND ASSASSIN - IN OTHER WORLDS is a must.

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

A series of essays about Atwood’s own understanding of the sf-nal elements of her work as well as the work of others. I know it’s ridiculously fanboy of me, but I wish Atwood hadn’t repeatedly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Esquiress - LibraryThing

In Other Worlds was my first true foray into Atwood's non-fiction. I've browsed some of her essays that I've come across, but not an entire book. I was very impressed at the level of academic ... Read full review

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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty works, including fiction, poetry and critical essays, and her books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She has won many literary awards and prizes.

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