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Ursula K. Le Guin is a prolific writer, best known for the Earthsea cycle and socially-themed stories such as The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed.

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Why does Le Guin say that Superman's mother was a 'funnybook'?

In an academic study of SF, Ursula Le Guin, who herself is a pioneering SF and fantasy author is quoted as saying: Superman is a submyth. His father was Nietzsche and his mother a funnybook. Why the ...
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Was Leckie's Raven Tower inspired by Wizard of Earthsea?

I ask because I've been rereading Le Guin, and came across this interesting passage in Wizard of Earthsea: “In Matter of the Dragons, which Ged read very closely, there was a tale of an ancient ...
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Did Ursula Le Guin change her thinking about same-sex relationships partway through The Dispossessed?

In Ursula Le Guin’s Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning 1974 novel, The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, there are a number of discussions of how same-sex relationships are commonplace on Anarres, and ...
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Are the shadow creatures in the Court of the Terrenon of the same kind as the ones in the Tombs of Atuan?

In A Wizard of Earthsea, in the Court of the Terrenon, the Old Power of Earth is supposedly sealed away in the Terrenon Stone. However, Benderesk summons some sort of keepers of the Stone to attack ...
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Is it ever known which peoples of the Hainish universe were results of genetic experimentation or manipulation?

In The Left Hand of Darkness a theory is mentioned that the Gethenians may have been the result of some type of genetic manipulation or experimentation in their distant past. This speculation was ...
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Why the choice of Genly Ai's last name?

Another question in the theme of chosen names in The Left Hand of Darkness. One of the main characters is named "Genly Ai". It is specifically noted in a couple passages in the book that "Ai" is ...
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What is the meaning of the name 'Getheren' of Gethen?

In The Left Hand of Darkness chapter 2, "The Place Inside the Blizzard" is a historical or legendary tale of a man (*) whom we learned is named "Getheren". In the story we learn he has committed what ...
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What were Odo's "Analogies"?

In the book The Dispossessed there are a number of references to what's called "Odo's Analogies". The Analogies seems to be the title of perhaps a body of writing or philosophy by the character Odo, ...
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Rocannon's World vs "Rokanan"

In the book The Left Hand of Darkness one of the characters refers to the planet "Rokanan," which is obviously spelled differently than the titular works of the book Rocannon's World. Are they one and ...
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How do you pronounce "Hain"?

The planet Hain is referenced in numerous books of Le Guin's Hainish cycle. I always imagined it would rhyme with "rain" but I've recently heard it pronounced more like "hay - een" on an audiobook. ...
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Did any Gethenian ever have sex with a human?

Starting from "The Left hand of darkness", Usula Le Guin often returned to the people from Gethen (aka "Winter") and their peculiar biology: adults are, for the most of the month, totally androgynous ...
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Is "The Matter of the Seggri" a novelette or a novella?

I listened to Le Guin's story "The Matter of the Seggri" in the anthology The Found and the Lost, which purports to be a collection of all Le Guin's novellas. However, on Wikipedia and ISFDB award ...
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Has Ursula Le Guin ever cited Kibbutz as an influence for the society described in The Dispossessed?

Has Ursula Le Guin ever discussed being influenced by the Kibbutz system in writing her novel The Dispossessed? If she has, do we know to what extent it influenced the book?
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Is there anything to support this Wikipedia claim about Ursula K. Le Guin re-using the planet name "Werel"?

Comments to Lorendiac's answer in this question pointed out an odd coincidence -- Ursula K. Le Guin may have used the same planet name ("Werel") to refer to different worlds in different stories: ...
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Guide to Napa Valley sites from Le Guin's "Always Coming Home"?

Does anyone know of a guide relating places in the novel Always Coming Home to sites in present day Napa Valley? Geographic coordinates would be great, or whatever. For instance, where is Sinshan, ...
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The concept of shifgrethor in the book 'The Left Hand of Darkness'

Is it about individual moral integrity or maybe it refers to the unspoken rules of the society, or is it something else altogether? Are there different interpretations of the concept in Karhide than ...
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What does this phrase from Ursula Le Guin's book "The Lathe of Heaven" mean?

On page 12 of the novel "The Lathe of Heaven", Dr. Haber offers Mr. Orr some cigarettes and says "Do you smoke ? The brown filters are tranks, the white are denicks." What do the words "tranks" ...
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Looking for an Ursula K Le Guin Story

I am in search of a particular short story by Ursula K. Le Guin that someone told me about. I don't know the title, but it features some sort of tiny black hole type thing that makes time seem to go ...
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Why didn't the Nameless Ones try to punish "sinners" other than Arha and Ged?

In "The Tombs of Atuan", how come that The Nameless Ones didn't punish Ged for his initial intrusion of the labyrinth, Kossil for lighting up a fire in the Undertomb (while uncovering Ged's supposed ...
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What is the name of a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin about a spaceship and a parasite alien?

I am looking for a title of a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin. Here is what I remember and it may not be 100% accurate because I read the story in my teens some 20 years ago. It is about a crew ...
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Is forced kemmering (with another who is *not* in kemmer) equivalent to rape?

It is suggested in the short story "Coming Of Age in Karhide" (added to the 2009 edition of The Left Hand of Darkness as an appendix) that on coming of age, if trapped alone with someone who is in ...
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What is the "other wind"?

What does the wind in the title of Ursula LeGuin's The Other Wind refer to?
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Illustration on the "Earthsea Quartet" cover

What is depicted in the top left illustration on the front cover of the Penguin edition of the Earthsea quartet, see for example here? Presumably it is something from "A Wizard of Earthsea", as the ...
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What was the title of short story by Ursula Le Guin about relativity of motion, from the point of view of tree?

I'm trying to find a title of a short story by Ursula Le Guin (in some collection of short stories). The story was told (as it turns out) from the point of view of tree, which talks about moving (...
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How did Ursula K. Le Guin come up with the word "ansible"?

Legend says that Ursula K. Le Guin coined the word ansible as an anagram of lesbian in "Rocannon's World" (looong before Orson Scott Card). Is this known to be true (the anagram part)? [...
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Trying to find the title of an interplanetary saga by Ursula Le Guin

I remember that it's a series by Ursula Le Guin, who I adore, but I can't remember the title and find the books. It's a collection of connected histories of three planets in different systems. There ...
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Earthsea — Suggested order for Reading/Watching

I am wondering what books and what the suggested reading order is for the Earthsea stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, and which ones have videographic adaptations (movies, miniseries, OVAs). Please also ...
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What was the name of the Master Namer in the Wizard of Earthsea books and how do you pronounce it?

What was the name of the Master Namer in the Wizard of Earthsea books and how do you pronounce it?