Loved this. I'm a huge Margaret Atwood fangirl, but I don't think you have to be to appreciate these essays on speculative fiction. Which brings up a whole separate point: Atwood has gotten a lot of flak, being called a "snob" and worse, for referring to her own work as speculative fiction rather than science fiction. She explains her reasons clearly and eloquently near the beginning of this collection, and it's great food for thought that I definitely recommend to all fans of the genre.
Many of the essays focus on one particular work or author, and I definitely enjoyed the ones where I had read the original story more. For that reason, this will probably appeal more to people who are fairly well-read, though some of the selections are so eclectic that I'd be surprised if any average reader were familiar with all of them. Discussed: [b:Oryx and Crake|46756|Oryx and Crake|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327896599s/46756.jpg|3143431], [b:The Year of the Flood|6080337|The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy #2)|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327906873s/6080337.jpg|6257025], [b:The Handmaid's Tale|38447|The Handmaid's Tale|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1294702760s/38447.jpg|1119185], [b:She|682681|She|H. Rider Haggard|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1177116097s/682681.jpg|2334644], [b:Never Let Me Go|6334|Never Let Me Go|Kazuo Ishiguro|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1353048590s/6334.jpg|1499998], [b:Brave New World|5129|Brave New World|Aldous Huxley|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327865608s/5129.jpg|3204877], [b:Animal Farm|7613|Animal Farm|George Orwell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327872845s/7613.jpg|2207778], [a:H.G. Wells|880695|H.G. Wells|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1201281795p2/880695.jpg], [a:Jules Verne|696805|Jules Verne|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1322911579p2/696805.jpg], [a:Ursula K. Le Guin|874602|Ursula K. Le Guin|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1244291425p2/874602.jpg], and [a:Octavia E. Butler|29535|Octavia E. Butler|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1242244143p2/29535.jpg], among others.