Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood

7 Quotations from Margaret Atwood

biosuit n. 2003 M. Atwood Oryx & Crake xiii. 338 We’re seeing some very strange microbe activity here. Very unusual. The place is hotter than hell. I’m toughing it out in a biosuit, but I don’t really know whether I’m contaminated or not.
cli-fi n. 2012 M. Atwood 23 Apr. (Tweet) Here’s a new term: ‘Cli-Fi’ = SF about climate change. Coined by Dan Bloom.
cyberspace n. 2012 M. Atwood Arguing Against Ice Cream in In Other Worlds 136 Maybe we can be born again, this time out of an artificial head instead of a natural body, and download the contents of our brains into machines, and linger around in cyberspace, as in William Gibson’s novels. Though if you’ve read William Gibson, you’ll know the place is a queasy nightmare.
Neptunian n. 1 2011 M. Atwood Flying Rabbits in In Other Worlds (2012) 19 As our father was an entomologist and all-round naturalist, we also had ample access to scientific drawings of, for instance, pond life under the microscope, which may have contributed to our ideas of what Martians and Venusians and Neptunians and Saturnians should look like.
Planet X n. 2011 M. Atwood Burning Bushes: Why Heaven and Hell Went to Planet X in In Other Worlds: SF & the Human Imagination 45 [H]earing a bush speak...could happen easily in a fairy tale, however, or a ‘fable’ like Alice in Wonderland, or in a Greek myth at the point at which some hapless maiden is being transformed into a sapling or other item of vegetation by a god. And it could happen effortlessly on Planet X.
science fiction n. 1 2004 M. Atwood Writing Utopia in Writing with Intent (2011) xii. 95 There are Huxley’s ritualistic group sex and bottle babies, Skinner’s boxes, and various minor science fictions—written by men, I hasten to add—in which women devour their mates or paralyse them and lay eggs on them, à la spiders.
time n. 1993 M. Atwood Robber Bride xii. 73 Trying to go back in time, to create the perfect pre-teen bedroom she once longed for but never had.