I’m always wary of meeting my heroes. No one has ever really topped meeting Mathew Corbet and Sooty, as a child. But when the chance came to see Margaret Atwood in my home town, I had to jump at it.
I first came across Atwood’s work in lower sixth. The Handmaid’s Tale was the first real dystopian novel I’d read. And it steered me towards Aldous Huxley, Jack McDevitt, H. G. Wells and more. Ultimately, it got me writing SF, as well.
But more importantly, it introduced me to feminism, and affected the rest of my outlook of life.