An exclusive Authorlink AUDIO interview with Margaret Atwood
Internationally bestselling author on her latest series, Positron
February 2013 Authorlink Edition
When the impulse to love collides with the animal instinct to survive, who (or what) will remain? Internationally bestselling author Margaret Atwood explores the theme in Erase Me, third installment in her dark comedic e-book series, Poistron. In this audio interview, Margaret talks with Authorlink about the motivation behind the series, the challenges of writing, and about her life as a legendary storyteller. Aspiring writers might be surprised to learn how many times the bestselling author rewrites her stories before publication..
Atwood's current episode takes a dark turn when husband and wife are set against one another as part of a larger plot against the strange environment in which they live.
Stan and Charmaine should have known better when they signed up for Consilience, a social experiment in which lawful citizens are locked up, while, beyond the gates, criminals wander the wasted streets of America.
The couple understand that to break the rules in so strictly regimented a place is dangerous; but, driven by boredom and lust, they do it anyway and betray each other and the system. Stan finds himself the sexual plaything of a subversive member of the Consilience security team and in no time is made a pawn in a shadowy scheme to bring Consilience crashing down.
Meanwhile, his wife, Charmaine, is being held indefinitely at Positron Prison for her own sins. How far shell go to regain her good name and position is anyones guess, especially Stans.
In Erase Me, its every manand womanfor him or herself. Erotically charged, morally complex, wickedly funny, and hailed as shockingly believable by The Globe and Mail, Atwoods Positron stories remind us that when a totalitarian state gets its grip on the human heart, marriage can be murder.
About the Author: Margaret Atwood is the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Handmaids Tale as well as forty other books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her most recent collection of stories is Moral Disorder. She has written about utopias and dystopias in In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination. Atwood was awarded the Booker Prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin.
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