Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood opined that she believes the 9/11 terrorist attacks may have been inspired from a plot point of the sci-fi classic Star Wars.
In an interview with Variety, the author discussed how an opera based on the novel that premiered in Denmark in 2000 had showed various things blowing up, including the Twin Towers.
Atwood said when the opera was staged again, they had to take it out “because it was no longer in the future”. She asked the interviewer whether this gave him a creepy feeling and when he said, “Yes, it does”, she replied, “They didn’t get that idea from my opera, don’t worry. They got the idea from Star Wars.
“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,” she added.