February 1st, 2011


In Other Worlds

I've been using my long neglected twitter account for the last few days. I've no idea if it will last, but I can at least abuse Jon (underdogautopsy) and Tess shadowsandice) with Right Said Fred videos. I haven't used it really for ages, so if you're on it, and I don't know, say hi.

In other news, it appears that Margaret Atwood's next book is a non fiction thing about her relationship with science fiction:

In Other Worlds is Margaret Atwood’s account of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as “science fiction.” This relationship has been life-long, 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 Ellman Lectures on 2010 – “Flying Rabbits,” “Burning Bushes,” and “Dire Cartigraphies” – and also her key reviews and speculations about the form, or forms – for she also elucidates the differences – as she sees them – between “science fiction” proper, and “speculative fiction.” For all readers who have loved The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood – not to mention the mini-sci-fi tales about Lizard Men and Peach Women embedded in The Blind Assassin – In Other Worlds is a must.


I think I can hear an army of geeks gathering.