Mar­garet Atwood is said to pre­fer ‘spec­u­la­tive fic­tion’ rather than ‘sci­ence-fic­tion’ as the genre allo­cat­ed to her 1985 nov­el The Handmaid’s Tale. That didn’t stop it win­ning all kinds of sci­ence-fic­tion awards, but it falls into the same brack­et as oth­er dystopi­an nov­els that imag­ine a soci­ety close enough […]