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The Unreal and the Real, Volume 2: Outer Space, Inner Lands: Selected Storiesby Ursula K. Le Guin
2014 Oregon Book Award for Fiction
Synopses & Reviews
Outer Space, Inner Lands includes many of the best known Ursula K. Le Guin nonrealistic stories (such as "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," "Semleys Necklace," and "She Unnames Them") which have shaped the way many readers see the world. She gives voice to the voiceless, hope to the outsider, and speaks truth to power — all the time maintaining her independence and sense of humor.
Companion volume Where on Earth explores Le Guin's satirical, risky, political and experimental earthbound stories. Both volumes include new introductions by the author.
"Second of a two-volume set, this bare-bones collection focuses on SFWA Grand Master Le Guin's overtly fantastic visions. Settings of 20 stories, all previously anthologized, include both the science fictional Ekumen, a community of worlds populated by humans shaped by the hubristic Hain of the distant past, to such fantastical realms as the West Reach, 'where dragons breed on the lava isles.' Le Guin's imagination ranges widely; the most interesting sequence involves the world Seggri, whose gender politics are charmingly different from ours but equally constrained. This short collection, offering samples from across Le Guin's career to date, shows why she has been a major voice in science fiction and fantasy since the 1960s, but it suffers from lack of a scholarly introduction and other materials that might draw the interest of fans who have encountered these stories elsewhere." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The Unreal and the Real guns from the grim to the ecstatic, from the State to the Garden of Eden, with just one dragon between. (Every collection needs one dragon.) In every good career-spanning collection, you can observe an author growing into her authority. Here, every story, in its own way and from its own universe, told in its own mode, explains that there is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin." Slate
"A century from now people will still be reading the fantasy stories of Ursula K. Le Guin with joy and wonder. Five centuries from now they might ask if their author ever really existed, or if Le Guin was an identity made from the work of many writers rolled into one. A millennium on and her stories will be so familiar, like myths and fairytales today, that only dedicated scholars will ask who wrote them. Such is the fate of the truly great writers, whose stories far outlive their names." The Guardian
A long-awaited celebration of Ursala K. Le Guin's incredible short stories.
About the Author
Ursula K. Le Guin: Ursula K. Le Guin has published eleven short story collections, twenty-one novels, essays, poetry, translations, and books for children, and has received the PEN-Malamud and National Book Awards, among others. Also due this year is Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, OR.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
The First Contact With the Gorgonids
The Shobies Story
The Matter of Seggre
The Wild Girls
The Fliers of Gy
The Silence of the Asonu
The Ascent of the North Face
The Author of the Acacia Seeds
The Wifes Story
The Rule of Names
She Unnames Them
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