Historical context

The short story "Time capsule found on the dead planet" was written by Margaret Atwood in support of the 10:10 campaign, whose aim was to convince individuals and companies to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% in 2010. The campaign was launched in 2009 by the team that produced the cl…


Current issues

Margaret Atwood’s story highlights the dangers of climate change, which is the ongoing increase in global average temperature. The main cause of climate …


Works by the same author

To have a better understanding of the themes explored by Margaret Atwood in her stories, we recommend you read the short story “Happy Endings”. The postmodernist narrative deviates from the norms of traditional literature and has an unconventional plot structure that focuses on variations of the same story. The text explores the theme of expectations versus reality both in fiction and in real life and delivers the message that focusing on the “in-between” is more important than focusing on the beginning or the ending. 

Margaret Atwood also wrote the short story “Chicken Little Goes Too Far”. The story is a fable that presents Chicken Little who, after extensive research, tries to warn people that the sky is falling. The story deals with how people react to important issues. Lile “Time Capsule Found on the Dead Planet”, “Chicken Little Goes Too Far” also seems to try to raise awareness of environmental issues and the reason why people refuse to do something …

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