Ordinarily I post exercises and writing challenges here, but this is an article I think you should not miss if you're incubating a story in any genre.
Why science fiction authors just can't win - SFFMedia
The genre definitions and rules are changing almost daily and this article shows one of the effects of this change.
See this post and follow links back to the earlier genre discussion.
Kurt Vonnegut was offended by being classed as an SF writer just as Atwood apparently is.
Today SF elements are accepted as mainstream in mainstream and otherwise mundane fiction.
In fact, the cell phone is an SF element now common in daily life. They've found water on the moon and Mars. They're firing a rocket into the moon's surface to kick up enough dust to analyze for water. Find it, and they plan to build a habitat on the moon. OK?
The only thing left for SF writers to explore is relationships with non-humans. That's what SFR and Paranormal Romance does.