This is a guest post by Mariana Ashley.
Ursula K. Le Guin is a giant in the world of science fiction and fantasy, and yet in my experience very few seasoned readers of the genres have ever heard of her. I have mixed emotions when someone tells me they’ve never heard of Ursula K. Le Guin: I’m sad that they went so long in their lives without ever reading a living master of scifi, but I’m also stoked that I get to introduce them to her work.
Her stories can be dense enough to intimidate younger readers, yet her themes are deeply philosophical and cerebral—she often appeals to academics and veteran scifi readers. Le Guin ponders profound questions of civilization, gender, femininity, and war in her works by juxtaposing modern social conventions with otherworldly science and technology. To put it succinctly, Le Guin’s deep stories reward the reader more than conventional pulp fiction. Read More