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Measha Brueggergosman: Don't sleep on sci-fi

One of Brueggergosman's challenges on Canada Reads was defending a work of genre fiction — in the case of Company Town, an action-packed, imaginative sci-fi thriller.

Measha Brueggergosman on the value of sci-fi novels

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4 years ago
Measha Brueggergosman discusses how her dystopian thriller, Company Town by Madeline Ashby, is both educational and entertaining. 0:36

Panellists on Canada Reads each face unique challenges when it comes to convincing people the merits of their chosen books, especially when compared to other works of literature. For Measha Brueggergosman, one of her challenges was defending a work of genre fiction — in the case of Company Town, an action-packed, imaginative sci-fi thriller  — against other styles of CanLit.

"I think it's important to recognize that sometimes science fiction can be a very persuasive way of getting people from all walks of life – young and old – to talk about the issues of Company Town, to talk about the issues of climate change," she said. "Company Town takes place in a world where the oil bubble has already popped and alternative energy is replacing it. The image of the future oil rig makes Company Town the symbol of what Canada could become if it doesn't fight for its collective soul."


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