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In a war of words with Ursula Le Guin, literary author Margaret Atwood hurled the term ‘speculative fiction’ rather than science fiction to label those of her works with a genre slant. These include her dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale(1985) that draws attention to gender, religion and power, and the apocalyptic Oryx and Crake(2003), part of the MaddAddam trilogy, selling on Amazon under the label of science fiction (genetic engineering)
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Atwood, M. (2014) MaddAddam (The MaddAddam Trilogy), viewed 25 March 2017. https://www.amazon.com/MaddAddam-Maddaddam-Trilogy-Margaret-Atwood/dp/0307455483
Potts, R. (2003) ‘Light in the wilderness’, viewed 7 March 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/apr/26/fiction.margaretatwood
Blaschke, J. (2000) A Conversation with Harlan Ellison, viewed 14 April 2017. https://www.sfsite.com/07a/he107.htm
Mabe, C. (1988) Harlan Ellison: Don’t Call Me a ‘Sci-fi Writer’, viewed 14 April 2017. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1988-03-13/features/8801160511_1_fiction-harlan-ellison-american-science
Walter, D. (2013) Q&A: Harlan Ellison, viewed 14 April 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/14/harlan-ellison-q-and-a-interview
Borges, J. L. (1964) Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writing, in D. A. Yates & J. E. Irby (eds) (Harmondsworth: Penguin), p. 6.
Cuddon, A. J. (ed.) (1998) A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, 4th edn (Oxford: Blackwell).
Ommundsen, W. (1993) Metafictions? Reflexivity in Contemporary Texts (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press), p. 68.
Writer’s Digest (2010) Author Q&A: Orson Scott Card, viewed 7 March 2017. http://www.writersdigest.com/qp7-migration-books/card-interview
Writer’s Relief (2009) Genre Fiction Rules: Find Out if Your Novel Meets Publishers’ and Literary Agents’ Criteria for Publication, viewed 7 March 2017. http://writersrelief.com/blog/2009/06/genre-fiction-rules-find-out-if-your-novel-meets-publishers-and-literary-agents-criteria-for-publication
Card, O. S. (1990) How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy (Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books), p. 16.
Card, p. 20.
The New South Wales Writers Festival 2015, viewed 7 March 2017. http://www.nswwc.org.au/whats-on/festivals-2/past-festivals/speculative-fiction-festival-2015
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