The OF Blog: Author Spotlight: Ursula Le Guin

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Author Spotlight: Ursula Le Guin


Ursula Le Guin is one of those writers whose gifts for storytelling, characterization, and just plain challenging yet concise writing often are overlooked by those wanting to read "the best" in speculative fiction. Last month, I decided that I wanted to read more of her fiction for 2008, starting with the Hainish Cycle books that I own.

In the coming days and weeks, expect reviews of the three earliest Hainish Cycle books, Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, City of Illusion (collected together by Tor Books in 1994 in an omnibus edition entitled Worlds of Exile and Illusion), to be followed by reviews of her two most famous Hainish Cycle novels, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, and finally a much later Hainish Cycle novel, The Telling. In addition, I plan on reviewing a non-Hainish Cycle novel, The Lathe of Heaven, and if I can find the books in my local library, her Earthsea fantasy books. Hopefully later this year, I'll have the money to spare for buying her latest YAish series, not to mention the upcoming April novel based off of Vergil's epic poem, Lavinia.

So expect some citations, discussion of anthropology, languages, Taoism, and anarchism in these reviews. Hopefully there are many more fans of her work out there than the relatively few voices I've heard over at this remote corner of the SF blogosphere. After all, Le Guin truly is one of the greats in the field for a variety of reasons and I hope that my upcoming posts will reflect this greatness to some degree.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Four Ways to Forgiveness, a set of interconnected novellas from the Hainish universe, is another excellent study of Race and Gender relations by Ms. Le Guin.

mark c said...

Excellent - looking forward to reading your reviews. You have to get the Earthsea ones though (esp the original trilogy), they're great!

Larry said...

Thanks for the tips, both of you! I do plan on reading them in the near future, once a few things are stabilized in regards to my job/career status.

Robert said...

I'll be looking forward to this :) I haven't read much of Ursula besides the Earthsea novels...

MattD said...

Sounds good -- but what happened to Wolfe?

Larry said...

Wolfe is still going to be done - I just have to gather my page notes and write those out. I've read all the books of his that I own. I just was not in the mood to concentrate on both that and the Countdown I did and after the New Year's, I've been dealing with a few professional matters. But there should be a couple of Wolfe ones before the end of the month and the rest by the end of February, I hope.

 
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