Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing

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In a series of conversations with Between the Covers’s David Naimon, Ursula K. Le Guin discusses her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—both her process and her philosophy—with all the wisdom, profundity, and rigour we expect from one of our great American writers.

When the New York Times called Ursula K. Le Guin, “America’s greatest living science fiction writer,” they just might have undersold her legacy. It’s hard to look at her vast body of work—novels and stories across multiple genres, poems, translations, essays, speeches, and criticism—and see anything but one of our greatest writers, period.

In a series of interviews with David Naimon (Between the Covers), Le Guin discusses craft, aesthetics, and philosophy in her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction respectively. The discussions provide ample advice and guidance for writers of every level, but also give Le Guin a chance to to sound off on some of her favorite subjects: the genre wars, the patriarchy, the natural world, and what, in her opinion, makes for great writing. With excerpts from her own books and those that she looked to for inspiration, this volume is a treat for Le Guin’s longtime readers, a perfect introduction for those first approaching her writing, and a tribute to her incredible life and work.

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Le Guin) Official website: http://www.ursulakleguin.com/ Bibliography: http://fantlab.ru/autor11 Ursula Kreber Le Guin (October 21, 1929 year, Berkeley, USA - January 22, 2018, Portland, USA). Prominent American writer and critic, leading author of US science fiction in the 1960s and 1980s. Born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of the famous anthropologist Alfred Kroeber and the writer Theodora Kroeber. Graduated from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Columbia University in New York with a philology degree, taught French literature and language at Mercer University and the University of Idaho in Moscow; taught creative science fiction courses at universities in the USA, Australia, and England. The first publication was "April in Paris" (1962; Russian 1979; 1980). Winner of a number of top prizes in the field of children`s literature; Honorary Doctor of Literature from many US universities. Lives in Portland, Oregon. Le Guin`s star, one of the brightest and most distinctive in the sky of American "soft" (humanitarian) science fiction, rose in the mid-1960s, immediately after the publication of the first works of the writer. Her early works were closely related to the "Hain" cycle (Hine is a hypothetical supercivilization, the "progenitor" of intelligent life in the Galaxy), forming an organic history of the future rich in original details and findings. Unlike P.

Anderson, L.

Niven, R.

Heinlein and other representatives of the right-wing technocratic wing of American science fiction, Le Guin is building his Galactic Federation - the League of Worlds, or Eycumene (Ecumene), on the principles of humanism (which is facilitated by the genetic relationship of reasonable races in the Galaxy) and on a special, carefully developed ethics of contact, which excludes violent interference and seriously restricts the "progressor" activity, reducing it initially to the individual contact of individuals, psychologies, philosophies, cultures. Le Guin differs from other science fiction writers primarily in a more humanitarian bias, an emphasis on sociology and anthropology. This is especially noticeable in the science fiction books of the so-called Hain cycle, united by the theme of the cultural interaction of the planets of the distant future. Most revealing in this respect is the novel The Disadvantaged, subtitled An Ambiguous Utopia, and telling about a culture based on anarchism. Despite the fantastic details, Le Guin`s books are always about a person. The novels of the Hain cycle talk about conflict, interaction and interpenetration of cultures that differ from each other. Often these cultures are marked by unusual, sometimes exotic features, and playing on this unusualness, the author tells us about some side of our own culture. An example is a deep study of the influence of gender on personality, life and perception of a person in the book "The Left Hand of Darkness", the hero of which is a person on a planet whose inhabitants can change sex. The worlds of Le Guin, convincing in the smallest detail, are inhabited by characters, the main thing in which is their invariably human traits. Unlike many other authors of science fiction, the goal towards which the plots of her books are directed is often found within the hero - this is growing up, overcoming oneself, knowing or entering another culture, finding an answer to some question, and not some the accomplishment or transformation of the world outside of ourselves. For example, the novels of the trilogy about Earthsea - "The Wizard of Earthsea" (1968), "Tombs of Atuan" (1971) and "On the Last Shore" (1972) - which have become classics of fantasy, can be read as parables about growing up, about a meeting with another , about life and death and peace with oneself.

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Le Guin, Ursula (Ursula K. Le Guin) Official website: http://www.ursulakleguin.com/ Bibliography: http://fantlab.ru/autor11 Ursula Kreber Le Guin (October 21, 1929 year, Berkeley, USA - January 22, 2018, Portland, USA). Prominent American writer and critic, leading author of US science fiction in the 1960s and 1980s. Born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of the famous anthropologist Alfred Kroeber and the writer Theodora Kroeber. Graduated from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Columbia University in New York with a philology degree, taught French literature and language at Mercer University and the University of Idaho in Moscow; taught creative science fiction courses at universities in the USA, Australia, and England. The first publication was "April in Paris" (1962; Russian 1979; 1980). Winner of a number of top prizes in the field of children`s literature; Honorary Doctor of Literature from many US universities. Lives in Portland, Oregon. Le Guin`s star, one of the brightest and most distinctive in the sky of American "soft" (humanitarian) science fiction, rose in the mid-1960s, immediately after the publication of the first works of the writer. Her early works were closely related to the "Hain" cycle (Hine is a hypothetical supercivilization, the "progenitor" of intelligent life in the Galaxy), forming an organic history of the future rich in original details and findings. Unlike P. Anderson, L. Niven, R. Heinlein and other representatives of the right-wing technocratic wing of American science fiction, Le Guin is building his Galactic Federation - the League of Worlds, or Eycumene (Ecumene), on the principles of humanism (which is facilitated by the genetic relationship of reasonable races in the Galaxy) and on a special, carefully developed ethics of contact, which excludes violent interference and seriously restricts the "progressor" activity, reducing it initially to the individual contact of individuals, psychologies, philosophies, cultures. Le Guin differs from other science fiction writers primarily in a more humanitarian bias, an emphasis on sociology and anthropology. This is especially noticeable in the science fiction books of the so-called Hain cycle, united by the theme of the cultural interaction of the planets of the distant future. Most revealing in this respect is the novel The Disadvantaged, subtitled An Ambiguous Utopia, and telling about a culture based on anarchism. Despite the fantastic details, Le Guin`s books are always about a person. The novels of the Hain cycle talk about conflict, interaction and interpenetration of cultures that differ from each other. Often these cultures are marked by unusual, sometimes exotic features, and playing on this unusualness, the author tells us about some side of our own culture. An example is a deep study of the influence of gender on personality, life and perception of a person in the book "The Left Hand of Darkness", the hero of which is a person on a planet whose inhabitants can change sex. The worlds of Le Guin, convincing in the smallest detail, are inhabited by characters, the main thing in which is their invariably human traits. Unlike many other authors of science fiction, the goal towards which the plots of her books are directed is often found within the hero - this is growing up, overcoming oneself, knowing or entering another culture, finding an answer to some question, and not some the accomplishment or transformation of the world outside of ourselves. For example, the novels of the trilogy about Earthsea - "The Wizard of Earthsea" (1968), "Tombs of Atuan" (1971) and "On the Last Shore" (1972) - which have become classics of fantasy, can be read as parables about growing up, about a meeting with another , about life and death and peace with oneself.