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01-30-2012, 05:26 PM
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In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, by Margaret Atwood: I haven't read sci-fi in decades, but I thought that Atwood, being a very perceptive commentator on most things, might have some interesting thoughts on the genre. Not so much. Atwood is an aficionado and has written three works of speculative fiction, the term she prefers for her work instead of sci-fi, but this collection of commentary and short works is disappointing. This is a lot like one of those CDs a band puts out at a certain stage of its career when it just wants to make a quick money grab, the literary equivalent of a collection of outtakes, "B" sides, and live recordings that has a couple of points of interest amid what seems a lot of filler (excerpts from her failed doctoral dissertation, for instance). Even people interested in the genre should probably give this one a pass.

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