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Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018)

Author of A Wizard of Earthsea

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About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin was born Ursula Kroeber in Berkeley, California on October 21, 1929. She received a bachelor's degree from Radcliffe College in 1951 and a master's degree in romance literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance from Columbia University in 1952. She won a Fulbright fellowship in show more 1953 to study in Paris, where she met and married Charles Le Guin. Her first science-fiction novel, Rocannon's World, was published in 1966. Her other books included the Earthsea series, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, The Lathe of Heaven, Four Ways to Forgiveness, and The Telling. A Wizard of Earthsea received an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2014. She also received the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award. She also wrote books of poetry, short stories collections, collections of essays, children's books, a guide for writers, and volumes of translation including the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and selected poems by Gabriela Mistral. She died on January 22, 2018 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Series

Works by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) 15,751 copies
The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) 15,739 copies
The Dispossessed (1974) 10,624 copies
The Tombs of Atuan (1970) 8,834 copies
The Farthest Shore (1972) 7,763 copies
The Lathe of Heaven (1971) 6,432 copies
Tehanu (1990) 5,244 copies
The Other Wind (2001) 3,926 copies
Tales from Earthsea (2001) 3,569 copies
The Word for World is Forest (1972) 2,869 copies
The Earthsea Quartet (1968) 2,536 copies
Catwings (1988) 2,399 copies
The Earthsea Trilogy (1968) 2,193 copies
Lavinia (2008) 2,128 copies
Always Coming Home (1985) 2,110 copies
Gifts (2004) 2,061 copies
The Telling (2000) 2,045 copies
Changing Planes (2003) 1,727 copies
City of Illusions (1967) 1,577 copies
Orsinian Tales (1961) 1,553 copies
Rocannon's World (1966) 1,497 copies
Planet of Exile (1966) 1,329 copies
The Beginning Place (1980) 1,297 copies
The Compass Rose (1982) 1,274 copies
Catwings Return (1989) 1,217 copies
Four Ways to Forgiveness (1994) 1,197 copies
Voices (2006) 1,128 copies
A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994) 1,002 copies
Powers (2007) 961 copies
The Eye of the Heron (1978) 957 copies
Malafrena (1979) 759 copies
The Wild Girls (2011) 308 copies
Rocannon's World / The Kar-Chee Reign (1900) — Author — 225 copies
Interfaces (1980) — Editor — 155 copies
Nebula Award Stories 11 (1976) — Editor — 155 copies
The Blind Geometer / The New Atlantis (1989) — Contributor — 133 copies
Catwings (4 Volume Set) (2003) 118 copies
The Daughter of Odren (2014) 105 copies
Edges (1980) — Editor — 102 copies
Cheek by Jowl (2009) 101 copies
Sixty Odd (1999) 89 copies
La leggenda di Earthsea (2007) 80 copies
Earthsea [2004 film] (2006) — Writer — 79 copies
Cat Dreams (2009) 77 copies
The Altered I (1976) — Contributor; Introduction — 66 copies
Fish Soup (1992) 51 copies
Tom Mouse (2002) 50 copies
Nine Lives [short fiction] (1969) 50 copies
Hard Words, and Other Poems (1981) 49 copies
Winter's King (short story) (1969) 43 copies
Wild Angels (1975) 43 copies
Space Crone (2023) 35 copies
Fire and Stone (1989) 35 copies
Tales of the Catwings (1999) 33 copies
A Visit from Dr. Katz (1988) 33 copies
The Word of Unbinding (1964) 28 copies
The Farthest Shore / Tehanu (1972) 26 copies
The Rule of Names (1964) 25 copies
Dostoevsky: A Screenplay / King Dog: A Screenplay (1985) — Author — 25 copies
The Wild Girls {novelette} (2011) 23 copies
Leese Webster (1979) 23 copies
Paradises Lost (2013) 21 copies
Earthsea Revisioned (1993) 17 copies
Szesc swiatow Hain (2015) 16 copies
Gwilans Harp (1977) 16 copies
The water is wide (1976) 15 copies
Dragonfly (2001) 15 copies
The Stars Below (1973) 14 copies
Darkness Box [short story] (1963) 13 copies
Walking in Cornwall (1976) 13 copies
The Art of Bunditsu (1994) 13 copies
April in Paris (1962) 11 copies
The Fliers of Gy 11 copies
Sur (short story) (1982) 8 copies
Mazes [short story] (1975) 7 copies
The Wisdom of the Asonu (1998) 7 copies
Things (1970) 7 copies
Darkrose and Diamond (2001) 6 copies
Breaking Waves (2010) 6 copies
The Finder (2001) 6 copies
Newton's Sleep 6 copies
The Masters (1963) 6 copies
May's Lion 5 copies
I draghi di Earthsea (1990) 5 copies
In the Red Zone (1983) 5 copies
The Barrow [short story] (1976) 5 copies
Aardzee 2 (1990) 5 copies
Schrödinger's Cat (1974) 5 copies
The House [short story] (1976) 4 copies
King Dog: A Screenplay (1985) 4 copies
The Visionary [novelette] (1984) 4 copies
IDIOMA DE LA NOCHE (2020) 4 copies
L'effet Churten (2017) 4 copies
SQ [short story] (1978) 4 copies
Firelight {story} (2018) 4 copies
On The High Marsh (2001) 4 copies
Ile Forest [short story] (1976) 4 copies
The Kerastion 3 copies
Olders [short story] (1995) 3 copies
My Life So Far, by Pard (2016) 3 copies
Grenzwelten (2022) 3 copies
Hernes (1991) 3 copies
Sterren van Galaxy III (1982) 3 copies
Malafrena (2018) 3 copies
No Boats 3 copies
Ksiega Drogi i Dobra (2020) 3 copies
Madurar a Karhide (2021) 3 copies
Intracom [short story] (1974) 2 copies
The Phoenix [short story] (1982) 2 copies
Orsinian Tales. (1977) 2 copies
Oihan hitzean mundua (2021) 2 copies
Lawinia 2 copies
Catwings 2 copies
Immortals (2000) 2 copies
Great Joy 2 copies
Tumsas kreisā roka (2012) 1 copy
Uçsuz Bucaksız (2018) 1 copy
Newtons søvn (2022) 1 copy
La Fille feu follet (2023) 1 copy
July 1 copy
Infinitive 1 copy
Travelling 1 copy
Les Voltigeurs de Gy (2021) 1 copy
Pajatus (2022) 1 copy
Başka bir yer (2002) 1 copy
Le Dit d'Aka 1 copy
Findings 1 copy
Derniers poèmes (2023) 1 copy
At Kishamish 1 copy
Kotolotki (2020) 1 copy
Le Guin's map of Earthsea — Cartographer — 1 copy
Di hai gu mu (2002) 1 copy
Прозрение (2013) 1 copy
On Theme 1 copy
Skazaniya Zemnomorya (2021) 1 copy
Wake Island 1 copy
Intracom 1 copy
Alagatos 1 copy
Real Power 1 copy
Świat Rocannona (1997) 1 copy
Elementals 1 copy

Associated Works

Tao Te Ching (0400) — Translator, some editions — 18,310 copies
Utopia (1553) — Afterword, some editions — 11,709 copies
We (1921) — Introduction, some editions — 8,356 copies
The Princess and the Goblin (1872) — Introduction, some editions — 5,388 copies
Roadside Picnic (1972) — Foreword, some editions — 3,525 copies
The First Men in the Moon (1901) — Introduction, some editions — 2,456 copies
Legends I: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 1,860 copies
A Tale of Time City (1987) — Introduction, some editions — 1,331 copies
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,124 copies
Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) — Contributor — 980 copies
The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 886 copies
Far Horizons (1999) — Contributor — 770 copies
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 741 copies
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996) — Contributor — 625 copies
Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was (1983) — Translator, some editions — 607 copies
The Book of Fantasy (1940) — Introduction, some editions — 597 copies
Meditations on Middle Earth (2001) — Contributor — 563 copies
The Time Traveller's Almanac (2013) — Contributor — 557 copies
Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories (2011) — Contributor — 503 copies
American Gothic Tales (1996) — Contributor — 453 copies
Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001) — Contributor — 447 copies
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992) — Contributor — 446 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 408 copies
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contributor — 392 copies
The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century (2005) — Contributor — 379 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Contributor — 376 copies
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1993) — Contributor — 366 copies
The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005) — Contributor; Contributor — 365 copies
The QPB Companion to The Lord of the Rings (2001) — Contributor — 358 copies
Year's Best SF (1996) — Contributor — 340 copies
Literature: The Human Experience (2006) — Contributor — 337 copies
Women of Wonder (1975) — Contributor — 331 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989) — Contributor — 328 copies
Ring of Swords (1993) — Introduction — 294 copies
Millennial Women (1978) — Contributor — 286 copies
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Contributor — 282 copies
Star Songs of an Old Primate (1978) — Introduction, some editions — 279 copies
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Contributor — 276 copies
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 276 copies
The Hugo Winners: Volume Three (1971-1975) (1977) — Author — 265 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) — Contributor — 260 copies
Year's Best SF 8 (2003) — Contributor — 255 copies
Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (2001) — Contributor — 250 copies
Other Worlds Than These (2012) — Contributor — 246 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contributor; Contributor — 242 copies
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contributor — 231 copies
Unicorns! (1982) — Contributor — 223 copies
Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible (1994) — Contributor — 223 copies
Magicats! (1939) — Contributor — 217 copies
Cats in Space...and Other Places (1992) — Contributor — 213 copies
The New Hugo Winners, Volume II (1991) — Contributor — 210 copies
Epoch (1975) — Contributor — 209 copies
The Way of the Wizard (2010) — Contributor — 206 copies
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1939) — Contributor — 205 copies
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contributor — 200 copies
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contributor — 199 copies
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 196 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 196 copies
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contributor — 193 copies
The Apocalypse Reader (2007) — Contributor — 193 copies
The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998) — Contributor — 192 copies
Future on Fire (1991) — Contributor — 188 copies
Epic: Legends of Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 185 copies
A Treasury of Fantasy (1981) — Contributor — 185 copies
Science Fiction Stories (1991) — Contributor — 180 copies
Wings of Fire (2010) — Contributor — 176 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 175 copies
New Legends (1995) — Contributor — 173 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 2 (2002) — Contributor — 168 copies
Tales from Earthsea [2006 film] (2006) — Original story — 166 copies
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Contributor — 164 copies
Full Spectrum 3 (1991) — Contributor — 163 copies
The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers' Tales (2004) — Contributor — 161 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1970 (1970) — Contributor — 160 copies
The Best American Short Stories of the 80s (1990) — Contributor — 159 copies
Great Tales of Science Fiction (1985) — Contributor — 159 copies
The Fantastic Imagination (1977) — Contributor — 154 copies
Future Primitive: The New Ecotopias (1994) — Contributor — 146 copies
Nebula Award Stories Five (1970) — Contributor — 145 copies
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 144 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #1 (1972) — Contributor — 144 copies
Elsewhere: Tales of Fantasy (1982) — Contributor — 143 copies
Treasures of Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 143 copies
Lightspeed: Year One (2011) — Contributor — 139 copies
Space Odyssey (1983) — Contributor — 138 copies
Starlight 2 (1998) — Translator — 137 copies
Diverse Energies (2012) — Contributor — 136 copies
The Ultimate Dragon (1995) — Contributor — 135 copies
Basilisk (1980) — Contributor — 135 copies
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contributor — 134 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003) — Contributor — 133 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998) — Contributor — 130 copies
Killing Me Softly: Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love (1995) — Contributor — 129 copies
Alien Contact (2011) — Contributor — 128 copies
The Best of the Nebulas (1989) — Contributor — 128 copies
Xanadu (1993) — Contributor — 127 copies
Witches' Brew (2002) — Contributor — 126 copies
Those Who Can: A Science Fiction Reader (1960) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 (1975) — Contributor — 122 copies
Bestiary! (1985) — Contributor — 122 copies
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1998) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3 (1974) — Contributor — 121 copies
Dragons: The Greatest Stories (1997) — Contributor — 121 copies
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Contributor — 121 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (2004) — Contributor — 120 copies
Selected Stories of H. G. Wells (Modern Library Classics) (2004) — Introduction — 119 copies
Bedtime Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contributor — 119 copies
Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral (1957) — Translator, some editions — 118 copies
The Hugo Winners: Volume Three, Book 2 (1973-1975) (1977) — Contributor — 117 copies
The Best American Essays 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 117 copies
Universe 5 (1974) — Contributor — 115 copies
Witches: Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful (2012) — Contributor — 114 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 113 copies
Galaxy, Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 112 copies
The Utopia Reader (1999) — Contributor — 111 copies
New Dimensions 3 (1973) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014) — Contributor — 110 copies
Universe 1 (1990) — Contributor — 110 copies
Nebula Award Stories 10 (1975) — Contributor — 107 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 107 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #5 (1976) — Contributor — 106 copies
The 1979 Annual World's Best SF (1979) — Contributor — 106 copies
Full Spectrum 4 (1993) — Contributor — 106 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 105 copies
Women Respond to the Men's Movement: A Feminist Collection (1992) — Contributor — 103 copies
Orbit 12 (1973) — Author — 101 copies
Magical Beginnings (2003) — Contributor — 101 copies
Orbit 5 (1969) — Contributor — 100 copies
Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (1983) — Contributor — 100 copies
The Best of Crank! (1998) — Author — 99 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contributor — 99 copies
Sorcerers! (1986) — Contributor — 98 copies
Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 98 copies
The Good Old Stuff (1998) — Contributor — 96 copies
The Fantastic Imagination II (1978) — Contributor — 95 copies
American Short Stories (1976) — Contributor, some editions — 95 copies
The Norton Book of Friendship (1991) — Contributor — 94 copies
Cat Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contributor — 93 copies
New Magics (2004) — Contributor — 90 copies
Catastrophes! (1981) — Contributor — 90 copies
The American Fantasy Tradition (2002) — Contributor — 89 copies
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #12 (1983) — Contributor — 87 copies
Mystery Stories: An Intriguing Collection (1996) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats (1983) — Contributor — 81 copies
Holt Anthology of Science Fiction (2000) — Contributor — 80 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 77 copies
Magicats II! (1991) — Contributor — 76 copies
Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories (2016) — Contributor — 75 copies
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Contributor — 75 copies
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Contributor — 74 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983) — Contributor — 72 copies
Terry's Universe (1987) — Contributor — 72 copies
New Dimensions 1 (1971) — Contributor — 68 copies
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (2000) — Contributor — 68 copies
Future power: A science fiction anthology (1976) — Contributor — 68 copies
Best From Orbit Volumes 1-10 (1975) — Contributor — 66 copies
A Century of Fantasy, 1980-1989 (1996) — Author — 64 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 64 copies
Over the Rainbow Tales of Fantasy and Imagination (1983) — Contributor — 62 copies
Quark/1 (1970) — Contributor — 59 copies
Brewing Fine Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contributor — 56 copies
Clarion II (1972) — Contributor — 56 copies
Orbit 6 (1970) — Contributor — 55 copies
Letters to Tiptree (2015) — Contributor — 54 copies
Survival of Freedom (1981) — Contributor — 54 copies
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 54 copies
Fellowship of the Stars (1974) — Contributor — 54 copies
Timegates (1997) — Contributor — 53 copies
Aurora: Beyond Equality (1976) — Contributor — 51 copies
Beyond Tomorrow: Anthology of Modern Science Fiction (1976) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Contributor — 50 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 14 (1988) — Contributor — 49 copies
Science Fiction Contemporary Mythology (1978) — Contributor — 48 copies
Clones! (1998) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Sixth Omni Book of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 48 copies
Amazing Stories: The Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 46 copies
Afterlives (1986) — Contributor — 46 copies
Xanadu 2 (1994) — Contributor — 45 copies
Introductory Psychology through Science Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 44 copies
Amazing Stories: 60 Years of the Best Science Fiction (1985) — Contributor — 44 copies
Explorations of the Marvellous (1976) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces (1983) — Contributor — 43 copies
Galileo's Children: Tales Of Science VS. Superstition (2005) — Contributor — 42 copies
Fantasy: The Best of 2001 (2002) — Contributor — 42 copies
Blue Motel (1994) — Contributor — 42 copies
In Dreams Awake (1975) — Contributor — 41 copies
Horses! (1994) — Contributor — 40 copies
Dream's Edge (1980) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Best Of New Dimensions (1979) — Author — 39 copies
The Dead Astronaut (1971) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Night Fantastic (1991) — Contributor — 38 copies
Clarion III (1973) — Contributor — 38 copies
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Contributor — 37 copies
Curse of the Full Moon: A Werewolf Anthology (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
Dying for It: More Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love (1997) — Contributor — 36 copies
Fantasy: The Best of 2002 (2003) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Best from Galaxy Vol. 3 (1975) — Contributor — 34 copies
Top Fantasy (1974) — Contributor — 33 copies
Women of Vision : Essays by Women Writing Science Fiction (1988) — Contributor, some editions — 33 copies
The WisCon Chronicles (2007) — Contributor — 31 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
First Voyages (1981) — Contributor — 29 copies
Top Science Fiction: The Authors' Choice (1984) — Contributor — 28 copies
The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase (2005) — Contributor — 28 copies
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Contributor — 27 copies
Squaring the Circle: A Pseudotreatise of Urbogony (1900) — Translator, some editions — 27 copies
Omni Best Science Fiction Three (1993) — Contributor — 27 copies
Caught in the Organ Draft: Biology in Science Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2019 Edition (2019) — Contributor — 25 copies
The New Roger Caras Treasury of Great Cat Stories (1997) — Contributor — 24 copies
Lathe of Heaven [2002 TV movie] (2000) — Original book — 23 copies
Wild Women (1854) — Contributor — 23 copies
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Best from Fantastic (1973) — Contributor — 21 copies
Dragon Lords and Warrior Women (2010) — Contributor; Contributor — 20 copies
Le livre d'or de la Science-Fiction : Le manoir des roses (1978) — Contributor — 20 copies
Tolkiens Geschöpfe (2003) — Contributor — 20 copies
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 20 copies
Another World: Adventures in Otherness (1977) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Best from Amazing Stories (1973) — Contributor — 20 copies
Best Science Fiction of the Year: 1, Part Two (1978) — Contributor — 19 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 19, No. 8 [July 1995] (1995) — Contributor — 19 copies
Cassandra Rising (1978) — Contributor — 18 copies
KatSF (1993) — Author — 18 copies
November Grass (2001) — Foreword, some editions — 16 copies
The Best from Universe (1984) — Contributor — 16 copies
New Dimensions Science Fiction Number 9 (1979) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Contributor — 15 copies
Visions and Imaginations: Classic Fantasy Fiction (2005) — Contributor — 13 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 19, No. 4 & 5 [April 1995] (1995) — Contributor — 13 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 2 [February 2000] (1999) — Contributor — 13 copies
Alien Zones: Roadside Picnic / Hard to Be a God (2014) — Foreword, some editions — 13 copies
Tin House 53 (Fall 2012): Portland/Brooklyn (2012) — Contributor — 13 copies
Philosophers Look at Science Fiction (1982) — Contributor — 13 copies
Orbit 14 (1974) — Contributor — 12 copies
Fernes Licht (2000) — Contributor — 12 copies
Explorers of space: Eight stories of science fiction (1975) — Contributor — 12 copies
Tales in Space (1998) — Contributor — 11 copies
Goldmann Fantasy Foliant I. Fantasy- Stories. (1983) — Contributor, some editions — 11 copies
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Contributor — 11 copies
Science Fiction Almanach 1981. (1980) — Author, some editions — 10 copies
As Tomorrow Becomes Today (1974) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Moment of Change (2012) — Contributor — 10 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 20, No. 8 [August 1996] (1996) — Contributor — 9 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 38 • July 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 9 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 16 • September 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 29 • October 2012 (2012) — Contributor, some editions — 7 copies
Love Can Be: A Literary Collection about Our Animals (2018) — Contributor — 7 copies
Ikarus 2001. Best of Science Fiction. (2001) — Contributor — 7 copies
Across the Spectrum (2013) — Contributor — 7 copies
Like Water for Quarks (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
Legenden nieuwe verhalen van de meesters van de fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Word for World Is Still Forest (2017) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Black Magic Omnibus Volume 1 (1976) — Contributor — 6 copies
Bifrost n°78 : Ursula K. Le Guin (2015) — Contributor — 6 copies
Second Set Out — Foreword — 5 copies
Die Königin der Dämonen (1979) — Contributor — 4 copies
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THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS is my first experience with Ursula K. Le Guin. She is my son's favorite author, and he presented me with this particular novel for Christmas. He felt it was the one that was closest to reflecting some of my values. Now that I've finished at least one Le Guin novel, I am not sure she is the author for me.

THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS starts slowly. While the intention is for it to sound like a travel brochure, it doesn't make for the most engaging of reads. Our main narrator, Genly Ai, is self-centered, misogynistic, and pompous. As his eyes provide our only look at the perpetually frozen planet Gethen and its inhabitants, his biases have a way of sneaking into your subconscious, as do his deliberate or unintentional cultural misunderstandings.

The first half of the novel contains nothing but his commentary on Winter's population and is told in such dry language that it took all my effort to stay awake while reading. Plus, for someone who was sent to the planet as an observer and to entice the natives to join the planetary collective, Ai proves to be less observant and a lot more judgemental than he should be. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Ai's refusal to accept the ambisexuality and complete lack of gender roles that are the hallmark of Gethenians.

While THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS is somewhat of a philosophical experiment regarding gender roles' impact on society, the experiment suffers specifically because of Ai's biases affecting his observations. Ai does not attempt to understand a society without gender norms. He continues to categorize those Gethenians he meets as either female or male. And because he has such a rigid, archaic idea of female gender roles, those categorizations immediately impact how he interacts with others. We can only surmise that the Gethenians' lack of war or sex crimes is a direct result of their gender fluidity. There is not enough concrete evidence to support this hypothesis, and all Ai provides is a continued opinion that becoming war-like would promote the Gethenians to a more advanced race.

Once the story becomes less a travelogue and more an actual story, complete with action and adventure, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS improves in readability and enjoyment. I particularly enjoyed those few chapters told through Estravan's point of view. Not only did it give me a break from Ai's one-sidedness, but those chapters also helped solidify some of the cultural differences Ai was trying to explain.

I can't say that I enjoyed THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, but I can appreciate what Ms. Le Guin was trying to accomplish with it. In many ways, the novel feels prescient as discussions of gender fluidity and transgender continue to dominate politics today. For me, however, the novel is too philosophical, too esoteric for my tastes. I like escapist fiction, and at least half of THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS is not escapist at all. It demands your undivided attention while reading and dedicated analysis after reading. My son loves that sort of thing. I prefer to read something a lot less intellectual.
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jmchshannon | 377 other reviews | Feb 13, 2024 |
My first re-read of this since it came out. A classic though one LeGuin herself returned to with a more critical eye in later years, especially for its limited male POV. At the time, it was considered groundbreaking for featuring dark-skinned primary characters. What struck me now was how little it reads like a young adult novel. Though it begins with a boy and a school for wizards, the boy is a traumatized young man of 19 or 20 well before the halfway point and there is little youth to him. The constant journeying means there's little chance to develop ancillary characters. LeGuin deals with this in part by having a childhood friend return for the final chapters. To be honest, while I enjoyed the novel, it felt thin. The social structures were just sketched and the limits of magic often seemed to just pop up when needed.

Recommended but it pales in comparison with her later writings.
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ChrisRiesbeck | 367 other reviews | Feb 13, 2024 |
The philosophizing, oh the philosophizing was agonizing. I have read Le Guin's short stories, but this was my first novel. I was so bored! I despise Shevek, I did not care about the Physics, the stakes. Sadly, I was disappointed in the dullness of this novel. I think there is some (almost) fascinating dialogue happening about the implications of societal norms on ideas, culture on ideas, ideology, political morality, morality in general. I am sad that I was so bored.
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