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In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood
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bookshelves: non-fiction, sci-fi, sociology, anthropology, history, own, philosophy, reference, 2012, first-reads

This book was given to me by the perfectly brilliant Margaret Atwood when it comes to the subject of writing. Then again, where exactly has she gone wrong, the woman who gave us The Handmaiden's Tale and Oryx and Crake?

In Other Worlds is a brilliant examination of the science fiction genre, that those in charge of the "SyFy" network really should read prior to premiering a film like "Wolf Town" again. In its chapters, Margaret Atwood muses about everything from Flying Rabbits to Never Let Me Go. Classic authors such as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne are discussed, and there is a particularly brilliant analysis of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four that is making me want to read both books again.

While this book is not for everyone, as some people aren't particularly fond of literary criticism, for those looking for a succinct history of the genre and a consideration of futurology in light of it - this is your book. Margaret Atwood is a wry, accessible author who makes what otherwise may be dry essays both insightful and hilarious to all who wish to read them.

One wishes that all academics had such supreme talent.
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Reading Progress

July 25, 2012 – Started Reading
July 25, 2012 – Shelved
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: non-fiction
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: sci-fi
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: sociology
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: anthropology
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: history
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: own
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: philosophy
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: reference
July 25, 2012 –
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July 27, 2012 –
page 131
July 27, 2012 –
page 255
July 27, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012
July 27, 2012 – Shelved as: first-reads
July 27, 2012 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by David (new)

David Katzman Interestin'

message 2: by Fox (new) - rated it 4 stars

Fox Quite interesting. I loved her theorizing about the metal bras.

message 3: by David (new)

David Katzman Like Princess Leia? Barbarella?

message 4: by Fox (new) - rated it 4 stars

Fox Of course. Not to mention just about any other number of sci fi covers. Seriously, I often feel embarrassed walking through the scifi fantasy sections for the sheer number of scantily (but metallically) covered women on the covers.

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