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In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood
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Oct 27, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: borrowed-not-owned, non-fiction
Read from October 19 to 27, 2011

Not quite as in depth as Le Guin's The Language of the Night, Atwood mostly lays out her personal history with the SF genre, rehashes the decades-old debate about what is and isn't "science fiction" (or speculative fiction), and repurposes her graduate thesis on the Victorian roots of the genre. Also included are several essays/reviews of specific titles (incl. Never Let Me Go and Brave New World), which can be a bit repetitive with the earlier sections; there is some overlap in her language as a result of compiling several pieces from different sources, all written in the last 5-10 years.

Sadly, she doesn't do much to explicate her process or position on SF beyond some historical comparison of utopias/dystopias (which she refers as "ustopias"), and in the end she just left me wanting more.

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