Firstperson: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood: 73, author, Toronto.

14th September, 2013
Margaret Atwood. Picture: Maura Hickey

**Human beings invent things that have to do either with their fears or their desires. Their list of fears and desires is very ancient.** We've always been looking for the perfect weapon, the cloak of invisibility. We've always wanted beautiful sexual partners who are faithful to us, but we've wanted lots of them, and there is a math problem.

**As kids, a lot of inventors read science fiction.** It may expand their lateral thinking.

**I...

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