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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From the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace


Rabbit superheroes. A theory of masks and capes. Victorian otherlands.

From her 1940s childhood to her time at Harvard, Margaret Atwood has always been fascinated with SF. In 2010, she delivered a lecture series at Emory University called 'In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination.' This book is the result of those lectures. It includes essays on Ursula Le Guin and H G Wells, her interesting distinction between 'science fiction proper' and 'speculative fiction', and the letter which she wrote to the school which tried to ban The Handmaid's Tale.


'Spooky . . . wild' - Telegraph

'Elegant and witty' - Guardian

'Eminently readable and accessible . . . The lectures are insightful and cogently argued with a neat comic turn of phrase . . . Her enthusiasm and level of intellectual engagement are second to none' - Financial Times

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

The essay about utopias and dystopias is really wonderful, and anything Margaret Atwood has to say about The Handmaid's Tale is worth the price of admission. Having said that, I would much rather read ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2011)

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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