The story is set in Portland, Oregon, in the year 2002. Portland has over three million inhabitants and the rain never stops. Most of the poor have kwashiorkor, a form protein deprivation. The culture is much the same as the 1970s in the United States but poverty reigns supreme.
George Orr, has...
The New York Times reports that another of the giants of SFF has fallen. Ursula Le Guin an absolute master is dead at 88. Her work had few peers and she will be missed. Certainly "The Left Hand of Darkness" is a classic.
Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88
I had to leave "The Left Hand of Darkness" way back when I was in college, it was required reading for my science fiction literary course. I was highly there in class discussions of the book, because, as I mentioned to the teacher of the course, I wanted to sound out how my views on the book...
Link via Andrew Porter.
Quoting Ursula "I have enough vigor and stamina these days to write poems, for which I am very thankful. It takes quite a lot of vigor and stamina to write a story, and a huge amount to write a...
Left Hand of Darkness
Listened to repeated part 1 last night and part 2 this afternoon on R4LW. Quite hard to follow compared to book. I wonder what it was like for anyone that hadn't read the book?
I now need to re-read the book.
Apparently Radio 4 extra is doing Earthsea end of April. I can...
I am ashamed to say I have read very little of Ursula's work, but intend to read more. This speech of hers is well worth listening to:
Seems like she's mostly been writing fantasy stories lately, including that young adult series she did.
I'd really love to see here return to SF. It would be awesome to see her write a big standalone SF epic. I know it's still in her. I also wouldn't mind seeing another Hainish novel be...
I read this story back in the 80s in the anthology "Again Dangerous Visions" as a novella. Now, I read the novel version. I am not sure of how the two differ, have to re-read the novella to compare the two. But the book version is a very short novel.
This was written in 1972 and has undertones...
Over at the "Tolkien and Agrarianism" thread
a question arose about which kind of sparrowhawk, the American or the European, Ursula Le Guin had in mind in visualizing Ged/Sparrowhawk of A Wizard of Earthsea.
This was the first piece of Ursula Le Guin I ever read, wedged into an anthology somewhere for my GCSEs too many moons ago. It stuck in my head because as fundamental and simple as the moral dilemma is, it is so cleanly delivered. Even now, it is one of my very favourite shorts.
So, who's read Ursula Le Guin's latest novel, 'Lavinia'?
It has just been shortlisted for the BSFA Best Novel Award, so I'm planning on getting it this weekend, to see what all the fuss is about.
Anyone want to enlighten me first? :D
Have anyone read any of the two novels mentioned in the title?
Ursula Le Guin is my favorite author and I normally love her books. I think she wries beautifully, with a language where every sentence is well considred and worth noticing.
But these two books I don't seem to be able to finish, I...
I'm getting into the The Hainish Cycle series but I want to know which one is the first book of the series? Is it Rocannon's World? or Planet of Exile, 1966?
Thanks I would appreciate if someone cleared it up for me because Wikipedia says one thing but the site says another?