Oryx and Crake

Added October 25, 2016
  • Oryx and Crake
  • Margaret Atwood
  • McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2003

oryx-and_-crake_-front_-cover_ Oryx and Crake is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. The novel is set in the future.

Atwood has argued in the media against the label of science fiction, preferring speculative fiction, because the novel does not deal with anything that has not already been invented.

The Year of the Flood, a sequel, came out in 2009 and incorporates some of the same characters. oryx-and_-crake_-copy_ Maddadam, the third novel of what was ultimately a trilogy, was released in 2013.

Atwood has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. She has won many awards and holds honorary degrees from several universities.

This copy is a true first edition in fine/fine condition. I had it signed at a Writer’s Festival lecture and I have kept the lecture ticket with the book. oryx-and_-crake_-signature Items like lecture tickets or festival guides give provenance to the signature and tend to increase the value a little.

Today, the value of these true first editions would be in the $75 to $175 range, depending mainly on condition. Copies with a line from the book and/or a date written in by the author (especially in the year of publication) sit at the high end of the range.

Margaret Atwood lectures frequently and is not reluctant to autograph her work, so signed copies are generally quite reasonably priced.


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