The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake in Context

  title={The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake in Context},
  author={Margaret Atwood},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={513 - 517}
  • M. Atwood
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • Education
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
I'm not a science fiction expert. Nor am i an academic, although i used to be one, sort of. Although I'm a writer, I'm not primarily a writer of science fiction. In this genre I'm a dilettante and a dabbler, an amateur—which last word, rightly translated, means “lover.” I got into hot water recently on a radio talk show in Britain: the radio person said she'd just been to a sci-fi conference there, and some people were really, really mad at me. Why? said I, mystified. For being mean to science… 

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