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Sunday, July 7, 2013

the power of sci-fi to shape our engagement with the world.


Canadian writer Margaret Atwood listens to questions during a presentation at the London's annual Book Fair, Sunday March 5, 2006. The Booker Prize-winning author on Sunday unveiled her new invention: a remote-controlled pen that allows writers to sign books for fans from thousands of miles away. (AP)
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood listens to questions during a presentation at the London's annual Book Fair, Sunday March 5, 2006. The Booker Prize-winning author on Sunday unveiled her new invention: a remote-controlled pen that allows writers to sign books for fans from thousands of miles away. (AP)


Poet and novelist Margaret Atwood has written some of the most hair-raising, dystopian tales of our time. Of apocalypse, wild social decay, women sent back into virtual slavery. Reality-bending, piercing views of the world and its future.

But in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Oryx and Crake” and more, she never embraced the label “science fiction.” Now Atwood’s going straight at science fiction, with an exploration and celebration of its extraordinary power to shape the way we see and engage the world.

Margaret Atwood On Science Fiction
Writer Margaret Atwood on science fiction, and the power of sci-fi to shape our engagement with the world.

This hour On Point: Margaret Atwood, on what science fiction does.
-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Margaret Atwood, Booker Prize-winning author, her newest book, a collection of essays and five short stories exploring science fiction, is “In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination.”

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