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Browsing all articles tagged with Ursula K. Le Guin.

Ursula K. Le Guin – In Memoriam

Ursula K. Le Guin – In Memoriam 

I feel I owe you, my readers, something this evening. Why am I so utterly devastated? Why am I going to sleep with a first edition of The Dispossessed under my pillow? Ursula K. Le Guin has died, and nothing is normal. Let me explain. As a small child, between the ages of 5 and […]

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The Diversity of Today’s Cutting Edge Sci-Fi

The Diversity of Today’s Cutting Edge Sci-Fi 

When we talk about science fiction we divide it up. It’s too big for a single shelf, we have to break it into subgenres and swallow it in pieces. There’s hard sci-fi, which typically deals with complicated scientific concepts. I usually call this technical sci-fi, since it’s often predicated on the idea that the science […]

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Five Favourite Wizards – Guest Blog by Stephen Aryan

Five Favourite Wizards – Guest Blog by Stephen Aryan 

Battlemage is an epic fantasy story where overt magic is front and centre, with powerful men and women able to change the very course of the war that has swept across a large part of the world. It is influenced by many modern and classic fantasy novels and I wanted to share some of my […]

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Unicorns! edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Unicorns! edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
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My regular readers know that I’ve recently revisited some old-school fantasy by re-reading the Thieves’ World books. And one of the anthologies in the shared-universe fantasy series was called Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn, in reference to a pub by that name that served as a focal point of activity in the legendary city of […]

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Gollancz’s Far-Reaching Le Guin Project Revealed & Radio 4 Programme Links

Gollancz’s Far-Reaching Le Guin Project Revealed & Radio 4 Programme Links 

Ursula K. Le Guin sits as one of the top 10 most important fantasy writers of all time. The sad fact is though that not enough people have read her work. Likely, it is because she is a woman writing fantasy / science fiction – and we all know the purposeful / accidental ignorance surrounding […]

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Show-Stopping Speech

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Show-Stopping Speech 

On November 19, Ursula K. Le Guin received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, celebrating her lifetime of achievement. The author of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven, The Dispossessed, and many, many more books, science fiction and fantasy fans have long known […]

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Le Guin to be presented Lifetime Achievement Award

Le Guin to be presented Lifetime Achievement Award 

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will this year have Neil Gaiman present Ursula K. Le Guin their 27th lifetime achievement award, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, at a ceremony in November. In their Press Release, the NBF explains their reasons for choosing the 84 year old to […]

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Witches: Wicked, Wild and Wonderful edited by Paula Guran

Witches: Wicked, Wild and Wonderful edited by Paula Guran
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“Don’t get in a witch’s path. Especially if you are the weaker witch. If you do, be prepared to face her.” – “Bloodlines” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Witches are represented in different ways throughout cultures. In this anthology they take various forms – powerful women, young, old, poor, influential, timid, rich, classic fairy tale hags etc. […]

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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
3.5

The idea of reviewing a known classic was quite daunting. There’s less to worry about when reviewing a newly released or few months old novel, as there are not yet a legion of fans behind it that have been in love with the story for years and years. So forgive me if I appear slightly […]

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Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part Two

Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part Two 

This is Part Two of our look at Children’s Fantasy series. If you missed it, you can read Part One here. The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin Farther west than west Beyond the land My people are dancing On the other wind. This quartet can often be found in the adult fantasy section of […]

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The Wild Girls by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Wild Girls by Ursula K. Le Guin
4.25

The Wild Girls is a Nebula award-winning novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, republished in 2011. It follows the story of two girls kidnapped and sold into slavery as children, and their subsequent haunting by the ghost of a baby that died in the same raid. The rest of this neat little book contains a […]

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Fantasy Book Club – July 2013: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

Fantasy Book Club – July 2013: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin 

In July our Fantasy School story themed read will be A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. I have heard this one recommended often in the forums, so it will great to finally read it. Literary Awards: Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1979), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction (1969) “Ged, the greatest sorcerer in […]

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