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Market Research for a Novel Adaptation [15 Jul 2010|12:29pm]

I'm an MA student and I'm developing a video game based on Margaret Atwood's novel 'Oryx and Crake' as my final project.

Though this isn't a commercial venture as it's just an educational work, I find it particularly interesting that there haven't been any video games yet that have been appreciated or respected in the same way as literature is.

I was wondering if you had a second to answer a questionnaire to help me with my market research.

The survey can be found here.

Thank you either way,

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Year of the Flood [22 Sep 2009|04:14pm]

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a "sequel!"

Year of the Flood

It isn't a direct sequel, but it takes place in the same universe and includes some of the same characters (Jimmy, Amanda Payne, God's Gardeners, ETC). I just ordered my copy today, so I can't say if it's any good or not yet, but the reviews have been pretty promising so far!

Also, in an interview with the New York Times today, Atwood said she plans to write one more book dealing with the O&C universe, making an eventual trilogy. Needless to say, I'm psyched! :-)
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Ol' Margaret did her homework. [27 Apr 2009|01:04am]

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Ok, so it's not a rabbit, but it's close enough. Apparently, there are glowing pigs, silkworms, fish, and cats which are transgenic and cloned as well.

And here I thought that full-on cloning wasn't something to be worried about. I thought most of the world agreed it was too ethically questionable. Guess I was being naive. :/

I worry for the future.

Speaking of the glowing rabbits, you can see some gorgeous Oryx and Crake illustrations by the gifted artist Jason Courtney here.

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Spoat/Gider ahoy! [23 Apr 2009|05:09pm]


I wish they would have devoted more than a few lines to the apparent Spoat/Gider, though, since I would have liked to know whether Atwood got her idea from an existing creature or if the geneticists did their work more recently.
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Consider the significance of Atwood's exploration of the idea of history in 'Oryx and Crake'. [05 Mar 2009|08:21pm]

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[07 Feb 2009|11:07am]

Hey people, I've been looking for a really good Oryx and Crake fansite, however, nothing really seems to exist bar this site which is itself quickly disintegrating. Oryx and Crake is one of my favourite books and I'd love us all to try and reboot this community and maybe attract some new members!

I dunno about you lot but i'd like to give this a go!

Yours B.
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Mystery video [22 Jun 2008|10:08pm]


I found this "trailer" for the book on YouTube --- somebody made it as a school project. I know the footage at the beginning is lifted from the movie "I Am Legend," but I can't place where the video game scenes are from. Some of it is remarkably similar to the book, especially the scenes with what is supposed to be the Paradice compound and the Pigoons.

Any guesses?
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[14 Apr 2008|06:45pm]

hi i;m writting an essay on oryx and crake.
it's a compare and contrats with brave new world

can you gys help me find more similarities between the two books? (if you have quotes to go with them i'll love you forever)

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[11 Jan 2007|06:50pm]

Hello... I just added this community and it seems as if no one really comments anymore... But it's worth a shot, right?
Margaret Atwood is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her writing style is like... creme brulee. And Oryx and Crake just so happens to be in one of my favorite book subjects... the whole futuristic society deal. Brave New World, Fahrenheit 911, A Clockwork Orange, 1984, the Handmaid's Tale.... all good for contemplation. So if any of you want to discuss it... do comment....

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[17 Jun 2006|06:29pm]

I am such a geek for doing this, but I couldn't resist:

Yes, those are Elouai dolls of Oryx and Crake. It was actually hard to get them to look semi-accurate, since the majority of outfits on that site are neon-colored and glittery. Crake is none too happy about that haircut, that's for sure. ;-)

It's actually pretty fun to play with that site and try to get the dolls to look like various characters. Try it sometime if you get bored enough (which I obviously was).
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[16 Jun 2006|09:34pm]

Biotech Firm Develops New Strategy For Producing Genetically Modified Chickens

No, not ChickieNobs.

The nature of this research is closer to the "Pigoon Project" of the novel, and probably has the same potential for good and ill. The intent of this sounds admirable (genetic research such as this project generally doesn't bother me as long as it serves a useful purpose and isn't malicious), but there is always the potential for the technology to be put to bad use.

The new strategy that was developed is especially interesting because it involves manipulating the genes at the most elementary stage of development, something that hasn't been attempted before. I'm actually surprised that this has been downplayed in the media, since this is a pretty big discovery when taken into consideration with the (relatively short) history of biotechnology.

On a less serious note, I couldn't help but laugh a bit (and think of this community) when I read the name of the biotech corporation --- Origen Therapeutics. It would have fit nicely alongside OrganInc Farms, RejoovenEsense, AnooYoo, HelthWyzer, and the others in the pages of Oryx.
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[10 Jun 2006|09:45pm]

Hi... um I'm new I suppose. Not sure how to word that part. Name's Amy.

I was surprised to find that there were other people who are as fascinated by this book as I am.

And I was just wondering if anyone could shed some light on Alex the parrot? I could not come up with anything he could symbolize, since he was mentioned throughout the whole story. I just did a compilation of poems about the book for english, so I had to have everything figured out.. but I just couldn't get that one.
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Soundtrack Playlist [13 Apr 2006|06:01pm]

After seeing similar activites on other literary communities, I was inspired to make this Oryx and Crake-themed playlist.

The assignment is to imagine that Oryx and Crake is an upcoming movie in need of a fitting soundtrack. The closer you can fit the songs to the plot, the better. Anything with lyrical coincidences, a match to the novel's tone, or words that could describe characters will work wonderfully.

Oryx and Crake - The Original Soundtrack

1. Depeche Mode - A Pain That I'm Used To
2. Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek
3. Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
4. Arcade Fire - Power Out
5. Hanalei - Action Drum
6. Stina Nordenstam - 125
7. Lali Puna - Clear Cut (Bomb the Bass Remix)
8. Tatu - Novaya Model (New Model)
9. Telepopmusik - Genetic World
10. Radiohead - Idioteque
11. The Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes
12. Boards of Canada - Turquoise Hexagon Sun
13. Goldfrapp - Utopia
14. Portishead - Mourning Air
15. Supreme Beings of Leisure - Last Girl On Earth
16. Morcheeba - The Antidote
17. Regina Spektor - Ghost Of Corporate Future
18. Einstürzende Neubauten - Ein Seltener Vogel (A Rare Bird)
19. Matmos - The Struggle Against Unreality Begins
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"Garden of Earthly Delights" by Bosch [07 Mar 2006|03:56pm]

I tracked down the painting used for the novel's cover art, a stunning piece called "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch:

This painting appears to have qualities usually found in 20th Century Surrealist works, but in fact it is a piece from the Dutch Renaissance circa 1504. It also has a somewhat unorthodox presentation, being that it is contained within a shuttered "box" that is also part of the artwork. Although it is arguably rich in many symbols, the piece originally was meant to illustrate the Garden of Eden juxtaposed alongside Hell. Knowing this (and examining the details) the implications of choosing this work to serve as the cover image for Oryx and Crake are very clear.

Here is a larger version of the panel:

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Welcome! [10 Nov 2005|09:13pm]

[ mood | content ]

I'll start us off with a list of discussion topics provided by the official site. I have some of my own, and I will add them later.

This list of topics will give us something to refer to when we feel in need of new things to talk about, as well as give the community something to start with.


1. Oryx and Crake includes many details that seem futuristic, but are in fact already visible in our world. What parallels were you able to draw between the items in the world of the novel and those in your own?

2. Margaret Atwood coined many words and brand names while writing the novel. In what way has technology changed your vocabulary over the past five years?

3. The game "Extinctathon" emerges as a key component in the novel. Jimmy and Crake also play "Barbarian Stomp" and "Blood and Roses." What comparable video games do you know of? What is your opinion of arcades that feature virtual violence? Discuss the advantages and dangers of virtual reality. Is the novel form itself a sort of "virtual reality"?

4. If you were creating the game "Blood and Roses," what other "Blood" items would you add? What other "Rose" items?

5. If you had the chance to fabricate an improved human being, would you do it? If so, what features would you choose to incorporate? Why would these be better than what we've got? Your model must of course be biologically viable.

6. The pre-catastrophic society in Oryx and Crake is fixated on physical perfection and longevity, much as our own society is. Discuss the irony of these quests, both within the novel and in our own society.

7. One aspect of the novel's society is the virtual elimination of the middle class. Economic and intellectual disparities, and the disappearance of safe public space, allows for few alternatives: people live either in the tightly-controlled Compounds of the elites, or in the more open but seedier and more dangerous Pleeblands. Where would your community find itself in the world of Oryx and Crake?

8. Snowman soon discovers that despite himself he's invented a new creation myth, simply by trying to think up comforting answers to the "why" questions of his innocent neighbours. In Part Seven - the chapter entitled "Purring" - Crake claims that "God is a cluster of neurons," though he's had trouble eradicating religious experiences without producing zombies. Do you agree with Crake? Do Snowman's origin stories negate or enhance your views on spirituality and how it evolves among various cultures?

9. How might the novel change if narrated by Oryx? Do any similarities exist between her early life and Snowman's? Do you always believe what she says?

10. Why does Snowman feel compelled to protect the benign Crakers, who can't understand him and can never be his close friends? Do you believe that the Crakers would be capable of survival in our own society?

11. In the world of Oryx and Crake, almost everything is for sale, and a great deal of power is now in the hands of large corporations and their private security forces. There are already more "private" police in North America than there are "public" ones. What are the advantages of such a system? What are the dangers?

12. In what ways does the dystopia of Oryx and Crake compare to those in twentieth-century works such as Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and even Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale? What is the difference between speculative fiction - which Atwood claims to write - and science fiction proper?

13. The book has two epigrams, one from Swift's Gulliver's Travels and one from Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse. Why do you think these were chosen?

14. The ending of the novel is open, and allows for tantalizing speculation. How do you envision Snowman's future? What about the future of humanity - both within the novel, and outside its pages?

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