Synopses & Reviews
Well known and well regarded in the world of science fiction and fantasy writing, Vandana Singh brings her unique imagination to a wider audience in this collection of stories, newly reissued by Zubaan Books. In the title story, a woman tells her husband of her curious discovery: that she is inhabited by small alien creatures. In another, a young girl making her way to college through the streets of Delhi comes across a mysterious tetrahedron. Is it a spaceship? Or a secret weapon?
The first Indian female speculative fiction writer, Singh has said that her genre is a “chance to find ourselves part of a larger whole; to step out of the claustrophobia of the exclusively human and discover joy, terror, wonder, and meaning in the greater universe.” A revolutionary voice in fantasy writing, Singh brings her passion for discovery to these stories, and the result is like nothing of this world.
"An appealing book as well as a masterly one....The future world she has created here is awesomely complex." Newsweek
"The effect it has on the reader is hypnotic....Le Guin has chosen a most original way to reveal this imagined land." People
"[It may] be Le Guin's finest achievement." Newsday
"A gift to the reader, a gentle and wise book that is [Le Guin's] most personal, her most daring, probably her best yet." St. Louis Post Dispatch
"Ursula Le Guin is among the half-dozen most respected American writers who regularly set their narrative in the future to force a dialogue with the here and now....Always Coming Home is a slow, rich read, full of what one loves most in her work." New York Times Book Review
Ursula K. Le Guin's Always Coming Home
is a major work of the imagination from one of America's most respected writers. More than five years in creation, it is a novel unlike any other. A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast.
Ursula K. Le Guin makes the inhabitants of the Valley as familiar, as immediate, as wholly human as our own friends or family. Spiraling outward from the dramatic life story of a woman called Stone Telling, Le Guin's Always Coming Home interweaves wry wit, deep insight and extraordinary compassion into a compelling unity of vision.
Ursula Le Guin's Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America's most respected writers of science fiction. More than five years in the making, it is a novel unlike any other. A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork, and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast.
About the Author
Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of novels, children's books, short stories, critical writings, and poetry. She is the winner of the National Book Award and the Nebula and Hugo awards for science fiction. She grew up in Berkeley and the Napa Valley and now lives in Portland, Oregon.
Table of Contents
3. The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet
6. Conservation Laws
7. Three Tales from Sky River
8. The Tetrahedron
9. The Wife
10. The Room on the Room
A Speculative Manifesto