The series, "Positron," tells the dystopian story of a world where the jobs crisis is solved by having half the population held prisoner while the other half takes care of them.
"Once upon a time, novelists of the 19th century, such as Charles Dickens, published in serial form," Atwood tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "They would put out maybe three chapters or so, and then they would respond to readers' reactions. And then, that moved on and serial publication got taken over by magazines and newspapers, and that was where it was in my youth. But that died out as the 20th century neared its close, so a whole way of publishing, a whole platform vanished."
Now, Atwood says, the advent of the Internet means that platform has reappeared, and she's in the middle of writing Positron -- the third episode went on sale last week at Byliner.
Atwood joined The Daily Circuit to talk about her latest work.