In Other Worlds: Science Fiction 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 explored the Victorian ancestors of the form, and continuing with her work as a writer and reviewer.
This book brings together her three heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures of 2010: “Flying Rabbits”, which begins with Atwood’s early rabbit superhero creations and goes on to speculate about masks, capes, weakling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 other-lands and beyond; and “Dire Cartographies”, which investigates utopias and dystopias. In Other Worlds also includes some of Atwood’s key reviews and musings about the form, including her elucidation of the differences (as she sees them) between “science fiction” proper and “speculative fiction”, as well as “sword and sorcery/fantasy” and “slipstream fiction”. For all listeners who have loved The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood - not to mention Atwood’s 100,000-plus Twitter followers - In Other Worlds is a must.
©2011 Margaret Atwood (P)2011 Random House Audio
“A speculative-fiction visionary... Atwood has an uncanny knack for tapping into humanity’s uncertain future and predicting mankind’s cultural, scientific and sociopolitical falls from glory... Her fiction has peeled back the skin of our disturbing subcutaneous nightmares.” (Wired)
“One of the most intelligent and talented writers to set herself the task of deciphering life in the late twentieth century.” (Vogue)
“Throughout her literary career... Margaret Atwood has impressed and delighted readers with her wit, lyric virtuosity, and imaginative acuity.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Maybe, only if the first chapter was avalible for free.
Not narrate, the book sounds like one of my worst english professors. Dry, redundant and full of personal opinion. Her style of oration is slow jagged and similar to a desiccated corpse.
This book is only commentary and her personal opinion, there is no real story and her opinion is long winded and filled with circular arguments based on semantics and the categorization of genre.
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