Melinda Harvey reviews 'In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination' by Margaret Atwood

Melinda Harvey reviews 'In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination' by Margaret Atwood

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

by Margaret Atwood

Virago, $40 hb, 272 pp, 9781844087112

As contemporary author fan bases go, Margaret Atwood’s must be among the broadest. She is read at crèches, on university campuses, and in nursing homes. Feminists, birders, and would-be writers jostle to see her perform at literary festivals. Yet despite an Arthur C. Clarke Award and, in her own words, ‘three full-length fictions that nobody would ever class as sociological realism’, she has had a rather more rocky time of it with science fiction enthusiasts.

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Published in February 2012, no. 338
Melinda Harvey

Melinda Harvey

Melinda Harvey is a Melbourne-based book critic. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Australian Book Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Literary Review, and the Canberra Times. She has a PhD in English from the University of Sydney and has lectured on literature there and also at ANU, RMIT, Monash University, and the European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin. These experiences have provided much fodder for a campus novel that she hopes to write by the time she’s seventy-one (and she thanks Mary Wesley for this kindly benchmark).

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