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
heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures of 2010 —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 otherlands and beyond; and "Dire
Cartographies," which investigates Utopias and
Dystopias. In Other Worlds also reprints some of
Atwood's key reviews of other practitioners of the form
and thoughts about SF. She also elucidates 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 readers who have loved the work of Margaret
Atwood, especially The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind
Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the
Flood, In Other Worlds is a must.
"Atwood's non-fiction graceful dives into the discussion of genre and literature are beyond sharp. They're revelatory ... The point is, it's hard to talk about this book without simply saying: READ ALL OF IT." -Ryan Britt, Tor.com
"In Other Worlds is a meditative love letter to science fiction, a scrapbook of decades' work and passion for this divisive genre." -Torie Bosch, Slate Magazine
"Margaret Atwood has collected her writings and talks on science fiction and is speculative cousins into a smart and often playful book." -Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Margaret Atwood on Q with Jian Ghomeshi.
Margaret Atwood in the National Post: "How a love of comics started a love of reading."
Five Questions for Margaret Atwood - Slate.com
Margaret Atwood and George Stroumboulopoulos
Margaret Atwood on NPR
Margaret Atwood in the Atlantic on Sci-Fi, Religion, and Her love of Blade Runner.
Listen to Margaret on BBC Radio 3.
"This often witty blend of the individual and the universal, autobiography and archetype, gives Atwood's criticism its distinctive flavour." -Alex Good, Star.com
"In Other Worlds is a delightful read full of Atwood's well-honed prose and sly sense of humor." -John Williford, The Miami Herald
"Thriller Suite" poetry on Wattpad.
Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award!
Podcast on Slate: "Stranger than Fiction".
The Handmaid's Tale ballet in Winnipeg.
"Cat's Robo-Cradle" in The New Yorker.
May 10-12 : Springsong, Pelee Island, ON.
May31: Dallas Museum of Art, "Arts and Letters, Dallas, TX.
July 25: Chautaqua Institution Authors' Series, NY.
August 15: MaddAddam preview aboard the Queen Mary 2.
August 28: Bristol Festival of Ideas, England.
September 21: Library of Congress National Book Festival, Washington DC.
September 25: Kingston Writers' Festival, Kingston, ON.
November 2: Windsor Book Festival, Windsor, ON.