In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2020)

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination Margaret Atwood In Other Worlds SF and the Human Imagination Note The electronic version of this title contains over thirty additional illuminating eBook exclusive illustrations by the author At a time when speculative fiction seems less and less far fetched
  • Title: In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
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In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination Margaret Atwood Note The electronic version of this title contains over thirty additional, illuminating eBook exclusive illustrations by the author.At a time when speculative fiction seems less and less far fetched, Margaret Atwood lends her distinctive voice and singular point of view to the genre in a series of essays that brilliantly illuminates the essential truths about the modern wNote The electronic version of this title contains over thirty additional, illuminating eBook exclusive illustrations by the author.At a time when speculative fiction seems less and less far fetched, Margaret Atwood lends her distinctive voice and singular point of view to the genre in a series of essays that brilliantly illuminates the essential truths about the modern world This is an exploration of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as science fiction, a relationship that 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Victorian ancestor of the form, and continuing as a writer and reviewer This book brings together her three heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures from 2010 Flying Rabbits, which begins with Atwood s early rabbit superhero creations, and goes on to speculate about masks, capes, weakling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 includes some of Atwood s key reviews and thoughts about the form Among those writers discussed are Marge Piercy, Rider Haggard, Ursula Le Guin, Ishiguro, Bryher, Huxley, and Jonathan Swift She elucidates the differences as she sees them between science fiction proper, and speculative fiction, as well as between sword and sorcery fantasy and slipstream fiction For all readers who have loved The Handmaid s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood, In Other Worlds is a must From the Hardcover edition.
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  1. BlackOxford

    Archetypal ExplorationThere are two fundamental principles in Jungian psychology 1 The unconscious part of the mind is indistinguishable from reality, and 2 The self, composed of the conscious and unconscious mind, is indistinguishable from God As a self confessed Jungian, Margaret Atwood, undoubtedly unconsciously, employs these two principles wonderfully in her commentary on Science Fiction, In Other Worlds.Science fiction as a genre is of course a Jungian playground in which primitive archety [...]

  2. Tatiana

    This is basically a collection of previously published bits and pieces of science fiction and science fiction related writing of Atwood s The first and the most interesting part of the book is or less a transcript of the author s lectures which include notes on the evolution of her interest in and understanding of SF, her musings about the connections between science fiction and mythology and religion, and some insight into the intentions and inspirations behind her own speculative fiction The [...]

  3. Cynthia

    Margaret Atwood is a bit like my friend Lil she is both right AND left brained She writes like a dream and knows her way around science and technology.Many people ask Atwood why she does not like the term science fiction for her work She calls three of her works ustopias Of one, The Handmaid s Tale, she writes that she would not put into this book anything that humankind had not already done, somewhere, sometime, or for which it did not already have the tools Later in the book in an essay on H.G [...]

  4. Madeline

    In Other Worlds is not a catalogue of science fiction, a grand theory about it, or a literary history of it It is not a treatise, it is not definitive, it is not exhaustive, it is not canonical It is not the work of a practising academic or an official guardian of a body of knowledge Rather it is an exploration of my own lifelong relationship with a literary form, or forms, or subforms, both as reader and as writer I m still kicking myself for not being able to make it to Margaret Atwood s Ellma [...]

  5. Kayıp Rıhtım

    Ba ka D nyalar Bilimkurgu ve Hayalg c , Atwood un da belirtti i gibi bilimkurguyla ilgili teorik bir metin, bilimsel bir al ma ya da a klay c bir eser de il kesinlikle Atwood eserinde bilimkurguya hayat boyunca kurdu u ili kiyi ke fe k yor ve bu yolculukta bizim de kendisine e lik etmemizi istiyor.Ba ka D nyalar b l mden olu uyor Kitaba da ad n ve a rl n veren ilk b l m Atwood un bir ocuk, bir lisans rencisi ve bir ara t rmac yazar olarak bilimkurgu ile kurdu u ili ki zerinden t re ait de erlend [...]

  6. Tudor Vlad

    I m continuing with my promise of reading Margaret Atwood, this time with something quite different If last time I read Alias Grace which for me was a pleasant change of pace from the usual speculative fiction I grew expecting from Margaret, now I m moving to the realm of non fiction with this collection of essays, some short stories and thoughts from the one and only Margaret Atwood.The title of the book, In Other Worlds SF and the Human Imagination, says it all This is a book about science fi [...]

  7. Chris

    Collection of essays, mostly about science fiction and the struggle to define it Atwood sets the record straight about how she really sees science fiction Early half of the book is better, though the best thing is the letter she wrote to a school district that tried to ban Handmaid s Tale.

  8. James

    A book I d been hoping to read for a while It was on my birthday list and my sister, and her husband, were kind enough to oblige As I unwrapped it remembering to use my grateful face my sister shared two thoughts with me Firstly, she was surprised that I had asked for a Margaret Atwood book as she really didn t see her as my type of author , and secondly, why was Margaret Atwood writing a book about science fiction after all, she didn t really write science fiction.My sister likes to speak her m [...]

  9. Jarrah

    The first part of In Other Worlds feels like you re hanging out with Margaret Atwood drinking wine when she has a bit too much to drink and starts ramblingly postulating on science fiction, mostly focusing on her relationship with the genre It was interesting but I thought told us about Margaret Atwood than it did about science fiction and the human imagination The best segment was Atwood s musings on the interconnected relationship between dystopia and utopia, which provided an interesting fra [...]

  10. Denis

    I love and respect Atwood s work She is creative, imaginative and has just the right pinch of cynicism added to her work to give it spunk and spice The only issue I ve ever had with her was, that I read that, she refused to classify her later novels as Science Fiction To me, the Madd Adam Trilogy, A Hand Maid s Tale and The Heart Goes Last fit well into that genre So this was a really cool collection of articles, book reviews and essays plus short stories and commentaries that made the case for [...]

  11. Amber

    Margaret Atwood is who I want to be when I grow up.Insight into utopias, how society spins them, weaves them, and records them Speculative fiction, and a rose by any other name.

  12. El

    It s no surprise to anyone that I have a serious girl crush on Margaret Atwood There s very little that she s written that I haven t enjoyed on some level, and almost always does her writing make me think on a different level, both aspects of which are pretty important for me I have some issues with her personality that are similar to others that in interviews she comes across sometimes as snooty, that she can t seem to get off her high horse about how some of her own literature isn t SF, or it [...]

  13. Oriana

    check out how amazing Margaret Atwood is Per this TreeHugger article there will be a limited edition, signed first run of this book 300 copies printed on a new thing called Second Harvest paper This is paper made from the leftover straw after the grain harvest and all other uses are accounted for It is made without any harm to forests or food The straw would otherwise be burnt, causing significant air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions Of course, the Second Harvest books costs 100 a pop doin [...]

  14. Mia

    This is essentially Margaret Atwood s musings on spec fic, taking an academic and pensive look at some of the literary titans of the last few centuries particularly in the dystopian utopian genres I use the word pensive rather than critical , because that s what it feels like Atwood seems to ponder over the subject, making interesting links to mythology, and adding insight into her own SF works These essays probably won t challenge you but they will provide lovers of SF an enjoyable and interest [...]

  15. Feisty Harriet

    This is a series of essays by Margaret Atwood that discuss her particular views on science fiction as well as a lot of memoir type information about her growing up, schooling, and studying fairly obscure texts The only other Margaret Atwood I ve read is The Handmaid s Tale which she talks about a little here, but it made it difficult to follow other essays that were discussing books of hers I ve never read Also, she narrates part of the audiobook herself, and, uh, audiobook narration is not her [...]

  16. Hilary

    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 Classi [...]

  17. Karen Ireland-Phillips

    It s easy to dismiss Margaret Atwood as the science fiction writer who disses science fiction But the reality is far complex, signaled by the highly ironic and sad opening quote by Octavia Butler I m a fifty three year old writer who can remember being a ten year old writer and who expects someday to be an eighty year old writer Ms Atwood eschews any characterization as a fan , but she has an impressive grounding in the classics of the field, and an obvious appreciation for current anthropologi [...]

  18. Charles Taylor

    This is an enjoyable set of essays and reviews, with a few snippets of fiction, that reflect Atwood s lifelong relationship with sf.She has many interesting things to say about Victorian writers of precursors of sf, and the utopian dystopian tradition this is clearly where her heart lies Pulp fiction of the 30s to the 50s gets a little attention she seems to have been impressed by a documentary on pulp sf by a Richard Wolinsky that thematised illustrations of that era featuring women in brass br [...]

  19. Stephen Curran

    I m sure I ve read some of these essays and lectures before, possibly in another of Margaret Atwood s books of literary criticism, Negotiating with the Dead But I m than happy to read them again particularly when she is holding forth on some of my favourite texts 1984, Animal Farm, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Time Machine, Never Let Me Go She has such an engaging style, so witty, so clever, so inclusive This collection has added a number of new titles to my Want to Read shelf, as well as s [...]

  20. Max

    Anyone who has read The Handmaid s Tale, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood will doubly appreciate this collection of essays on SF writings, especially because of her description of ustopia , a mix of utopia and dystopia We are given a closer look into the motivations for Margaret to write this type of story, her own reading history growing up and her definition of the genre She frequently asks questions in her writing, some are rhetorical, others are answered It shows her penmanship and h [...]

  21. Yelda Güzel

    Margaret Atwood un ince espri anlay ve derin bilgi birikimi ile bezeli bir bilimkurgu fantastik edebiyat sohbeti Neredeyse her c mlesinin alt n izmek istiyorsunuz lham n z nereden al yorsunuz sorusuna verdi i cevap rne in yeti kin olarak ortaya koydu umuz sanat, ocuklukta eksikli ini ekti imiz eyleri ikame eder Legoya benzer oyuncak tak m n n kapa ndaki de irmen resmini yapmaya al t ancak eksik par a oldu u i in bir t rl yapamad oyunca na g nderme yaparak O de irmeni in a edebilmi olsayd m yazar [...]

  22. Alice

    I ve read a lot of Margaret Atwood s fiction, but not a lot of her nonfiction I was hoping for some insight into why she uses the SF trappings she does in her books, and, in that, I was not disappointed I also learned some things, along the way, including a whole other way to think of genre fiction, no matter how you label it.Atwood is known for resisting a science fiction label, and she explains within these pages why It s not because she looks down on science fiction, but because she considers [...]

  23. Bryan

    This feels like a publisher humping the cash cow over the tornado in a teapot that is Margo s refusal to call her work science fiction Can I call you Margo Oh you fuzzy haired f bomb feminist witch, you are my people To sniff out the nature of Ms Atwood s true crime we have to revisit Thomas Disch s seminal essay On SF which makes two assertions 1 SF is juvenile literature and 2 SF is literature intended for the working class These assertions are indeed true, but for Atwood s take on them you on [...]

  24. Dinara Tengri

    It has been difficult for me to categorize this book It s not an autobiography, although it is very personal Nor is it a school book on science fiction and fantasy, and yet I found it very informative and educational Atwood herself calls it an exploration of my own lifelong relationship with a literary form both as a reader and as writer Atwood is being very open about herself and the life that she has led, and her relationship with science fiction Her personal accounts inevitably made me think [...]

  25. John Park

    Margaret Atwood, as we all know, does not write science fiction but see below Nevertheless throughout her career she has periodically written about SF and related subjects This book, dedicated to Ursula K Le Guin, samples the results.She starts with an autobiographical sketch describing her affection for superheroes and her discovery of Bradbury and Wyndham, and subsequently her fascination with utopian and dystopian fiction Oddly she repeatedly italicises the title of Wyndham s novella Consider [...]

  26. Jonathan

    Atwood brings you full circle when explaining the workings of science fiction literature and how it plays a part in the everyday With historical and cultural ties, she illustrates exactly how some of the most popular science fiction stories got their start and the purpose their narrative serves Note that this isn t a grand omnibus to explain the entire genera, but rather a collection of articles organized into chapters that break down popular stories along with Atwood s personal reflections.In t [...]

  27. Shellie (Layers of Thought)

    Original review posted at Layers of Thought.An intriguing literary critique and , by Margaret Atwood, based around science fiction It s for book lovers as well as fans of the author and the genre.About This audio version of In Other Worlds is a catalog of Margaret Atwood s relationship with science fiction and contains a number of her unpublished lectures including those titled Flying Rabbits , Dire Cartographies , and Burning Bushes In the lectures she gives examples of the books which are impo [...]

  28. Andrea McDowell

    Before I get on with the review, I d like to ask the publishers one simple question why is the robot woman on the cover of this book wearing egg cartons on her breasts I realize the cover is made up of a number of objects meant to be silly and toy like, but egg cartons Wouldn t that be awfully uncomfortable Anyway.In Other Worlds is about Margaret Atwood s opinions on science fiction what it is, what it s good for, why she reads and occasionally writes it It s good, if you like both Margaret Atw [...]

  29. Aglaia

    With every map there s an edge a border between the known and the unknown Atwood explores this boundary in her own life and writing as she discusses what shaped her writing and texts that themselves break boundaries At once both a collection of reflections upon a life spent amongst stories and an analysis of science fiction, this book allows Atwood s prose and wit to shine.The first section of In Other Worlds SF and the Human Imagination covers Atwood s analysis of her own writing history Essays [...]

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