Atwood irritates the hell out of me by her constant re-invention of science fiction tropes which she then treats badly because she doesn’t know that other people have already mined that seam and pointed out things she has not thought of, whilst asserting that what she writes isn’t science fiction (but accepting the Arthur C. Clarke award for Science Fiction, as far as I recall).
Atwood’s claim on BBC Breakfast that science fiction is no more than “talking squids in outer space” and her stuff is ever so much better irritated me so much that I have never bought another book of hers – The Handmaid’s Tale was something of hers that I did read, but I was glad in retrospect that I had borrowed it. Oryx and Crake, which I read for some reason probably staying at a friend’s house and without a book with me, was described by her as “speculative fiction” and “adventure romance” rather than science fiction because it does not deal with things “we can’t yet do or begin to do”, which means that she doesn’t know what she is talking about anyway. (And it wasn’t much cop as a book either, as far as I was concerned.)
And see https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/10/speculative-or-science-fiction-as-margaret-atwood-shows-there-isnt-much-distinction
I’m glad that they may have stopped arguing, but I still cannot away with Atwood.