Tuesday, October 27

Ursula Le Guin

Wikipedia - "Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (October 21, 1929) is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography. ... The Left Hand of Darkness, along with The Dispossessed and The Telling, are novels within Le Guin's Hainish Cycle, which employs a future galactic civilization loosely connected by an organizational body known as the Ekumen to consider the consequences of contact between different worlds and cultures. Unlike those in much mainstream science fiction, Hainish Cycle civilization does not possess reliable human faster-than-light travel, but does have technology for instantaneous communication. This allows the author to hypothesize a loose collection of societies that exist largely in isolation from one another, providing the setting for her explorations of intercultural encounter. ..."
Ursula Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin's Website
Paris Review: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Art of Fiction No. 221
Le Guin’s Anarchist Aesthetics
NPR: Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century (Video)
amazon: Ursula K. Le Guin
YouTube: Bill Moyers interview with Ursula K. LeGuin about "Lathe of Heaven", Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Killjoy - Mythmakers & Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers On Fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin, Avenali Chair in the Humanities