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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 04 May 2003 03:32 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
so, who's read it yet, and what do people think?

an interview with her in New Scientist

video clip of a discussion on BBC's Newsnight (start viewing at 8 min 20 sec)

quote:
Blue penises and plague, "pigoons" harvested for organs and armed guards at the gates of privileged scientists. This is the near future conjured up by novelist Margaret Atwood in her new book Oryx and Crake. All of this is already possible, she says, in our world where the biosphere is degraded and wars are fought over resources. But what if we used our knowledge to break the cycle by re-engineering humanity? Would the price of a hard-wired, gentler culture be too high?

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Mandos
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posted 04 May 2003 05:30 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I sounds great. It fits right into a very large subgenre of science fiction [1]. I'm eager to get my hands on it and see how it compares. I like the idea of the Crakers (Quakers?).

[1] And no, this does not mean that I'm downgrading it. However, I think it's time to stop demoting SF and call a spade a spade. Isn't it funny how Atwood is never referred to as an SF writer? I've heard two interviews on the book and neither one called it SF...


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steffie
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posted 04 May 2003 06:15 PM      Profile for steffie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am an avid Atwood lover! Haven't yet gotten my paws on this latest creation but I'm eager to, and also eager to discuss it afterwards. Talk to you then!
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steffie
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posted 04 May 2003 06:26 PM      Profile for steffie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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