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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Marge Atwood talks a lot of nonsense
Writers know that words mean things.
Atwood's denial that her work is science fiction can only be one of three things
1. She's being deliberately disingenuous
2. She doesn't actually know what science fiction is
3. She is hiding in the "literary", invented non-genre of "speculative fiction", lest she be put on shelves with--shudder--books by men! for boys! about space! ewww
I suspect #3.
Look at this total nonsense:
Atwood: ‘Have I ever eaten maggots? Perhaps …' - Globe and Mail - September 12, 2009
Ok first of all, "somewhere in space" is the definition of space opera, a 1950s era sub-genre of SF that, while still the popular image of much SF in clueless media circles, hasn't actually been written SF since the Golden Age of Heinlein and such.
Second of all, she then conflates space opera with fantasy, which is a completely different genre.
Third of all "based on real technology, real science, real possibility" is the DEFINITION of hard science fiction.