In Other World: SF and the Human Imagination By Margaret Atwood
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Saturday 29 September 2012
Atwood has long been accused of literary elitism for refusing to align herself with the SF brigade.
This book, while being a rejoinder to her critics, is much more than that. A personal history of reading fantasy and SF as a child (she wasn't much interested in the "creepily ultra-normal characters" in Dick and Jane) is melded together with literary analysis of superheroes and dystopias, and she makes a nonsense of the clean dividing lines we give genre fiction by placing SF into a tradition that harks back to Greek myth.
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