Margaret Atwood: 9/11 attackers ‘got the idea from Star Wars’

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Dec 5, 2018, 4:01 PM EST (Updated)

Margaret Atwood has always been forthright about her opinions, as controversial as they may be, and in a new interview, The Handmaid's Tale author suggests that the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks were inspired by Star Wars

Speaking to Variety, Atwood broached by subject by discussing the prescience of a Danish opera based on her dystopian novel, and that debuted back in 2000. It began with a film reel of things blowing up, including the Twin Towers. Following the terror attack the following year, the clip had to be removed from further performances.

The author then drew a link between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Star Wars, saying, "They didn’t get that idea from my opera, don’t worry. They got the idea from Star Wars."

When asked whether she actually believed that, Atwood responded with: "Remember the first one? Two guys fly a plane in the middle of something and blow that up? The only difference is, in Star Wars, they get away. Right after 9/11, they hired a bunch of Hollywood screenwriters to tell them how the story might go next. Sci-fi writers are very good at this stuff, anticipating future events. They don’t all come true, but there are interesting 'what if' scenarios."

Of course, Atwood was referring to Luke destroying the Death Star with his X-wing via the space station's thermal exhaust port (its one weak spot planted by Galen Erso) in A New Hope.

A representative for the author did not immediately respond to SYFY WIRE's request for comment. 

The second season of Hulu's Emmy-winning adaptation of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale arrives on the streaming service on April 25.

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