Questions tagged [ursula-k-le-guin]

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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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 shiftgrethor 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. LeGuin come up with the word “ansible”?

Legend says that Ursula K. LeGuin coined the word ansible as an anagram of lesbian in "Rocannon's World" (looong before Card). Is this known to be true (the anagram part)? [citation needed]
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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?