Death: Still alive and pretending she hasn't written science fiction.
Comments: Margaret Atwood is the doyenne of Canadian literature having published fifteen novels and as many poetry collections. She has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Prince of Asturias Award and has been shortlisted for the Book prize five times. Atwood has also taken a rather ignorant stance concerning science fiction - despite writing books like The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake that are clearly science fiction, she has refused to acknowledge that they are, dismissing the genre as "talking squids in outer space". This appears to be a pattern for Atwood, as she has rejected the label of "feminist" for several of her books that have been identified closely with the movement. Atwood appears to believe that unless an author intends to write in a particular genre or with a particular theme, that the book cannot be seen as an example of that genre or theme. Atwood's skills as a literary analyst, it seems, are far less developed than her skills as a novelist.
Atwood has a website named Margaret Atwood, and you can follow her on Twitter.
My reviews of Margaret Atwood's books:
Other books by Margaret Atwood I have read but not reviewed:
The Handmaid's Tale
Short fiction by Margaret Atwood appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Headlife found in Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
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