In Other Worlds

SF and the Human Imagination
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Original Publish Date: Oct 11, 2011
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Product Number: Z100024036
Released: Oct 11, 2011
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ISBN: #9780307943958
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At a time when speculative fiction seems less and less far-fetched, Margaret Atwood lends her distinctive voice and singular point of view to the genre in a series of essays that brilliantly illuminates the essential truths about the modern world. This is an exploration of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as "science fiction," a relationship that 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 ancestor of the form, and continuing as a writer and reviewer. This book brings together her three heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures from 2010: "Flying Rabbits," which begins with Atwood's early rabbit superhero creations, and goes on to speculate about masks, capes,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 Utopias and Dystopias. In Other Worlds also includes some of Atwood's key reviews and thoughts about the form. Among those writers discussed are Marge Piercy, Rider Haggard, Ursula Le Guin, Ishiguro, Bryher, Huxley, and Jonathan Swift. She elucidates the differences (as she sees them) between "science fiction" proper, and "speculative fiction," as well as between "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, In Other Worlds is a must.

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Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Product Number EB00149046
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385533973

Professional reviews

"Author Margaret Atwood's collection of essays and lectures on science fiction includes her previously unpublished Ellman lectures, which are narrated by the author herself in this audiobook. Her delivery of these pieces reminds one exactly of what they were--lectures. Atwood's voice lacks the range and inflection that usually make listening to an audiobook enjoyable. This weakness is remedied when narrator Susan Denaker takes over after the first three chapters. Denaker's narration invites one to consider Atwood's arguments about what the science fiction genre entails and the subgenres she believes are part of it. The final part of the book contains five very short sci-fi stories by Atwood. Denaker's narration of these stories brings out Atwood's humor and enthusiasm. C.E.K. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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