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The SFX Book Club

We discuss the SF classics in SFX magazine. This month: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Read the classics of SF and fantasy literature along with us! The SFX Book Club is open to all, and it doesn't cost anything. Here’s how it works: every month we pick a classic SF, horror or fantasy book. You read it and send us your comments, then we run a feature in which a top-class author discusses what the book means to them, with a selection of your remarks running down the side. It's easy and fun and you might find yourself rediscovering some of the classics of our genre that you'd forgotten about.

Next on the agenda:

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

One winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award (Lauren Beukes) looks back at an incredible piece of work by the winner of the very first Arthur C Clarke Award (Margaret Atwood).

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And as well as joining our Book Club, be sure to follow all our author interviews and book reviews in SFX magazine! The latest issue features reviews of all the hottest new SF/fantasy book releases, and exclusive interviews with top authors William Gibson and Ben Aaronovitch, talking about their respective new novels The Peripheral and Foxglove Summer. We also celebrate the 40th anniversary of SF classic The Forever War by speaking to author Joe Haldeman.

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  • gaspar-garcao - December 3, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    This brilliant dystopia is not about "talking squids in outer space", but nevertheless it’s a grim, realistic and, ultimately, hopeful portrait of a nightmarish society, that sometimes appears to close for comfort... The role of women, religion, courage, hierarchies and fundamentalism, resemble the struggles we face even nowadays, between knowledge and ignorance, between individual rights and “absolute” truths, subjects that are dealt with a subtle and very elegant touch in the novel, through the eyes and feelings of a character that is fictional, but whose dignity cannot be forgotten.

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