At The New Yorker Festival 2012 Fiction Night, Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan, and George Saunders discuss the challenges and joys of writing about utopia and dystopia.
Margaret Atwood has written more than forty books, including the novels "The Handmaid’s Tale," "The Robber Bride," "Alias Grace," "Oryx and Crake," "The Year of the Flood," and "The Blind Assassin," which won the 2000 Man Booker Prize. Her most recent book, "In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination," about her relationship with science fiction, came out last year.
Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad," parts of which first appeared in The New Yorker. Her previous books include "Emerald City," "The Invisible Circus," "Look at Me," and "The Keep." Her story "Black Box" appeared in the magazine’s June 4th & 11th Science Fiction Issue.
George Saunders has written three story collections, including "In Persuasion Nation"; an illustrated novella, "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil"; and "The Braindead Megaphone," a collection of essays, many of which were first published in The New Yorker. His new story collection, "The Tenth of December," comes out next year.
Daniel Zalewski is the features director of The New Yorker.