By Ursula K. Le Guin

Outer area, internal Lands comprises a number of the most sensible recognized Ursula okay. Le Guin nonrealistic tales (such as "The Ones Who stroll clear of Omelas," "Semley’s Necklace," and "She Unnames Them") that have formed the way in which many readers see the area. She provides voice to the unvoiced, wish to the outsider, and speaks fact to power—all the time holding her independence and feel of humor.

Companion quantity Where on Earth explores Le Guin's satirical, dicy, political and experimental earthbound tales. either volumes comprise new introductions via the author.

Praise for Ursula ok. Le Guin's brief stories:

"She is the reigning queen of…but instantly we come to an issue, for what's the becoming identify of her state? Or, in view of her abiding quandary with the ambiguities of gender, her queendom, or perhaps—considering how she loves to combine and match—her quinkdom? Or may possibly she extra accurately be acknowledged to haven't one such realm, yet two?”
—Margaret Atwood, New York overview of Books

"She is a excellent short-story writer.... Fiction, like Borges's, that unearths its existence within the interstices among the borders of speculative fiction and realism."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Ursula Le Guin's prose breathes gentle and intelligence. she will be able to raise fiction to the extent of poetry and compress it to the density of allegory."—Jonathan Lethem

"Like all nice writers of fiction, Ursula ok. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restoration us, hearts eased, to our own."—The Boston Globe

"Admirers of excellent literature, tremendous or no longer, will cherish this wealthy offering."—Publishers Weekly

"She wields her pen with an ethical and mental sophistication infrequently seen… and whereas technological know-how fiction concepts usually buttress her tales they hardly take them over. What she particularly does is write fables: wonderfully complex and highly innovative stories approximately such mundane matters as existence, loss of life, love, and sex.”—Newsweek

"Le Guin's strong paintings illustrates that myth needn't be escapist, that gender reviews don't need to be dry or strident, and that leisure don't need to be mindless."—The Onion

Ursula okay. Le Guin has released twenty-one novels, 11 collections, essays, poetry, translations, and books for kids. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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