One of our favorite dystopian novels is getting turned into a television series. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, will debut on Hulu sometime in 2017, with Atwood as a consulting producer for the series and Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss as the leading lady.
Written in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future where a fundamentalist government has stripped women of most of their rights. As one of few fertile women left, Offred is a sanctified sex slave, navigating a crazy social hierarchy and searching for her lost daughter. (Hmm, feels like this election season is bringing us closer than ever before to this vision…?)
The novel won the very first Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction, although Atwood herself classifies it as “speculative fiction.” However you classify it, the novel is a great read; the new Hulu series has a lot to live up to.