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Ursula Le Guin






"April In Paris"
© Fantastic, 1962
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--/ cool time sf story
--/ style award

"The Author of the Acacia Seeds, and Other Extracts"
© Fellowship of the Stars, ed.T.Carr, 1974
The Compass Rose, 1982
--short story : 1975 Locus /4
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

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"The Barrow"
(Orsinian Tales)
© F&SF, Oct 1976
Orsinian Tales, 1976
--/ cool f story

Story is set in the year 1150, and is interesting to read even for the historical aspect only. However the overall mood is gray and depressing, as befitting to the period.
review: 26-Oct-06 (read in 1994)

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"The Beginning Place" (nv)
© Harper, 1980
--fantasy novel : 1981 Locus /7
--fantasy : 1981 Mythopoeic

--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Birthday Of The World"
© F&SF, Jun 2000
--shortlist : 2001 Sturgeon
--novelette : 2001 Locus W


"The Bones of the Earth"
(Earthsea series)
© Tales from Earthsea, 2001
--short story : 2002 Hugo
--short story : 2002 Locus W

--/ cool f story

"Brothers and Sisters"
(Orsinian Tales)
© The Little Magazine, Sum 1976
Orsinian Tales, 1976
--/ cool f story

"Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight"
© F&SF, Nov 1987
Buffalo Gals, 1990
--novelette : 1988 Hugo W
--novelette : 1988 Nebula
--novella : 1988 World Fantasy W
--second place : 1988 Sturgeon /2 (tie)
--novelette : 1988 Locus /3
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /44 (tie)

--/ cool f story

"The Building"
© Redshift, ed. A. Sarrantonio, 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus /13

"Coming of Age in Karhide"
(Left Hand Of Darkness series)
© New Legends, ed. G. Bear, 1995
--novelette : 1996 Locus /6

"The Compass Rose" (coll)
© 1982, Harper & Row
--single author collection : 1983 Locus W
--international fiction : 1986 Ditmar

--/ cool sf collection

"Conversations at Night"
(Orsinian Tales)
© Orsinian Tales, 1976

"Darkness Box"
© Fantastic, Nov 1963
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--/ third place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Day Before the Revolution"
© Galaxy, Aug 1974
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--short story : 1975 Hugo
--short story : 1975 Nebula W
--short story : 1975 Locus W
--short story : 1975 Jupiter W


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"The Diary Of The Rose"
© Future Power, ed.J.Dann, 1976
The Compass Rose, 1982
--novelette : 1977 Hugo
--novelette : 1977 Nebula
--novelette : 1977 Locus /2
--novelette : 1977 Jupiter W

--/ cool sf story

In this story a therapist comes inexorably to the discovery that the madman whose mind she is exploring is a political prisoner and his illness is dissent. I can certainly relate to that subject matter, having experienced totalitarian state domination myself.
review: 09-Jul-06 (read in 1992)

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"Direction of the Road"
© Orbit # 12, 1973
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--short story : 1974 Jupiter
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award

"The Dispossesed" (nv)
(Hainish Series)
© 1974, Avon books
--novel : 1975 Hugo W
--novel : 1975 Nebula W
--second place : 1975 Campbell Memorial /2
--novel : 1975 Locus W
--all time novel : 1975 Locus All-Time Poll /13
--international sf : 1975 Ditmar
--novel : 1975 Jupiter W
--all time sf novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /17
--hall of fame : 1989, 90, 91, 93 Prometheus W
--sf novel (before 1990) : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /19


"The Dowry of Angyar"
(also as "Semley's Necklace")
(exp. into "Rocannon's World")
© Amazing, Sep 1964
--/ cool sf story

"The End"
(also as "Things")
© Orbit # 6, 1970
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--/ cool sf story

"Ether OR"
© IASFM, Nov 1995
Unlocking The Air, 1996
--novella : 1996 World Fantasy
--novelette : 1996 Locus /2
--novelette : 1996 Asimov's Reader Poll /5

--/ cool f story

"The Eye Altering"
© The Altered # I, ed. L. Harding, 1976
The Compass Rose, 1982

"The Eye Of The Heron" (nv)
© Millennial Women, ed. V.Kidd, 1979
novel: Harper, 1979
--novel : 1979 Locus /21 (tie)
--/ cool sf novel
--/ style award

"The Farthest Shore" (nv)
(Earthsea series)
© 1971, Parnassus
--fantasy : 1973 Mythopoeic
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ style award

"The Field of Vision"
© Galaxy, Oct 1973
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--short fiction : 1974 Locus /11 (tie)
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"The Finder"
(Earthsea series)
© Tales From Earthsea, 2001
--novella : 2002 World Fantasy
--novella : 2002 Locus W
--collection : 2002 Locus W

--/ cool f novella

"The First Report of the Shipwrecked Foreigner"
© Anteus # 29, 1978
The Compass Rose, 1982

"The Flyers Of Gy"
© Sci Fiction, Nov 2000
Changing Planes, 2003
--short story : 2001 Locus /19

"Forgiveness Day"
(Werel series)
© IASFM, Nov 1994
Four Ways To Forgiveness, 1996
--novella : 1995 Hugo
--novella : 1995 Nebula
--winner : 1995 Sturgeon W
--short list : 1995 Tiptree
--novella : 1995 Locus W
--novella : 1995 Asimov's Reader Poll W
--novella : 1995 SF Chronicle /2


"The Fountains"
(Orsinian Tales)
© 1976, Orsinian Tales

"The Good Trip"
© Fantastic, Aug 1970
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

"Gwilan's Harp"
© Redbook, May 1977
The Compass Rose, 1982

"The House"
(Orsinian Tales)
© Orsinian Tales, 1976

"Ile Forest"
(Orsinian Tales)
© Orsinian Tales, 1976

"Imaginary Countries"
(Orsinian Tales)
© The Harvard Advocate, Win 1973
Orsinian Tales, 1976

"Intracom"
© Stopwatch, ed. G. Hay, 1974
The Compass Rose, 1982

"The Island Of The Immortals"
© Amazing Stories, Fall 1998
--short story : 1999 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story

"The Lady of Moge"
(Orsinian Tales)
© Orsinian Tales, 1976

"The Left Hand Of Darkness" (nv)
(Hainish Series)
© 1969, Ace SF Special
--novel : 1970 Hugo W
--novel : 1970 Nebula W
--international sf : 1970 Ditmar
--all time novel : 1975 Locus All-Time Poll /3
--all time sf novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /2
--retrospective Tiptree : 1996 Tiptree W
--sf novel (before 1990) : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /3
--hall of fame : 2001 Spectrum
--hall of fame : 2003 Spectrum W

--/ cool sf novel

"Malheur County"
© The Kenyon Review, Win 1979
The Compass Rose, 1982
--/ cool f story

"A Man Of The People"
(Werel series)
© IASFM, Apr 1995
Four Ways To Forgiveness, 1996
--novella : 1996 Hugo
--novella : 1996 Locus /2
--novella : 1996 Asimov's Reader Poll /4


"The Masters"
© Fantastic, Feb 1963
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975

"Mazes"
© Epoch, ed. R. Elwood, 1975
The Compass Rose, 1982

"The New Atlantis"
© The New Atlantis, ed. R. Silverberg, 1975
The Compass Rose, 1982
--novelette : 1976 Hugo
--novelette : 1976 Nebula
--novelette : 1976 Locus W

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Newton's Sleep"
© Full Spectrum # 3, 1990
--/ cool sf story

"Nine Lives"
© Playboy, Nov 1969
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--novelette : 1970 Nebula
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /40 (tie)

--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
© New Dimensions # 3, 1973
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--short story : 1974 Hugo W
--short fiction : 1974 Locus /6
--short story : 1974 Jupiter
--short story : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /6

--/ cool sf story

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"Orsinian Tales" (coll)

(Orsinian / Malafena)
© 1976, Harper Books
--/ cool f collection
--/ style award

The setting is a fictional Eastern European country (same setting as in "Malafrena" novel), at different periods in time ranging from the Middle Ages to the 1960s. Middle Ages period stories will hold some enchantment for fantasy fans, and there is no denying power of "understatement" these stories have. However, my starved for glorious vistas soul could not find enough color in this collection. Even though I appreciate the refreshingly "minimalist" approach to fantasy, bordering on mainstream, that she took here.
review: 09-Jul-06 (read in 1985)

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"The Pathways of Desire"
© New Dimensions # 9, 1979
The Compass Rose, 1982
--/ cool sf novella

"The Phoenix"
© The Compass Rose, 1982

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"Planet Of Exile" (nv)
(Hainish Series)
© 1966, Ace Books
--/ cool sf novel
--/ style award

Planet of the harsh conditions as a background to a softly-told love story. This novel has charm, even though it is a lesser work of this writer. Le Guin's prose in the sixties possessed this warm glow, and sort of fragile beauty that would disintegrate on critic's close examination of the plot, etc. I would not do it, just hold a nice memory.
review: 11-Jul-06 (read in 1989)

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"The Road East"
(Orsinian Tales)
© Orsinian Tales, 1976

"Rocannon's World" (nv)
(exp. from "The Dowry Of Aguar")
(Hainish Series)
© Amazing, Sep 1964
novel: 1966, Ace Books
--/ cool sf novel

"The Rule of Names"
(Earthsea)
© Fantastic, Apr 1964
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--/ cool f story

"Schrodinger's Cat"
© Universe # 5, 1974
The Compass Rose, 1982
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Semley's Necklace"
(also as "The Dowry of Angyar")
(exp. into "Rocannon's World")
© Amazing, Sep 1964
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Shobie's Story"
© Universe 1, ed.R. Silverberg, 1990
--novelette : 1991 Nebula
--novelette : 1991 Locus /3

--/ cool sf story

"Small Change"
© Tor Zu Den Sternen, ed. Peter Wilfert, 1981
The Compass Rose, 1982
originally publ. in Germany

"Social Dreaming of the Frin"
© F&SF, Oct 2002
--short story : 2003 Locus /9
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"Some Approaches to the Problem
of the Shortage of Time"
(also as "Where Does the Time Go?")
© OMNI, Oct 1979
The Compass Rose, 1982
--/ cool sf story

"SQ"
© Cassandra Rising, ed. A. Laurance, 1978
The Compass Rose, 1982

"The Stars Below"
© Orbit # 14, 1974
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--short story : 1975 Locus /12
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Sur"
© New Yorker, Feb 1982
The Compass Rose, 1982
--short story : 1983 Hugo
--short story : 1983 Locus W
--short story : 1983 SF Chronicle /2

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Things"
(also as "The End")
© Orbit # 6, 1970
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--/ cool sf story

"The Tombs Of Atuan" (nv)
(Earthsea series)
© Worlds of Fantasy, Win 1970
novel: 1971, Parnassus
--fantasy : 1972 Mythopoeic
--/ cool f novel

"A Trip to the Head"
© Quark # 1, ed. S.Delany, 1970
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975

"Two Delays on the Northern Line"
© New Yorker, Nov 1979
The Compass Rose, 1982

"Vaster Than Empires and More Slow"
© New Dimensions # 1, 1971
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--short story : 1972 Hugo
--short fiction : 1972 Locus /14

--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"Very Far Away From Anywhere Else" (nv)
© 1976, Bantam Books

"The Water Is Wide"
© The Water Is Wide, 1976
The Compass Rose, 1982

"A Week in the Country"
(Orsinian Tales)
© The Little Magazine, Spr 1976
Orsinian Tales, 1976

"Where Does the Time Go?"
(also as "Some Approaches...")
© OMNI, Oct 1979
The Compass Rose, 1982
--/ cool sf story

"The White Donkey"
© TriQuarterly # 49, 1980
The Compass Rose, 1982

"The Wife's Story"
© The Compass Rose, 1982

"The Wind's Twelve Quarters" (coll)
© 1975, Harper
--single author collection : 1976 Locus W
--all-time collection : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /4 (tie)

--/ third place sf collection
--/ style award

"Winter's King"
(Dispossesed series)
© Orbit # 5, 1969
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--short story : 1970 Hugo

"A Wizard Of Earthsea" (nv)
(Earthsea series)
© 1968, Parnassus
--fantasy novel 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /4
--all time fantasy novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /3

--/ cool f novel

"Woeful Tales From Mahigul"
© Changing Planes, 2003
--short story : 2004 Locus Poll

"The Word For World Is Forest" (nv)
© 1972, Again, Dangerous Visions
novel: 1972, Berkley
--novella : 1973 Hugo W
--novella : 1973 Nebula
--novella : 1973 Locus /2
--novella : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /19

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award

"The Word of Unbinding"
(Earthsea)
© Fantastic, Jan 1964
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got done reading, 'The Matter of Seggri'. Very well done. I would recommend that, just for the gender roles.

But I would not recommend 'Social Dreaming of the Frin'. Not because its a bad book, but its way to short to make any impact.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Avi Abrams said...

re: "Social Dreaming..."
Maybe Le Guin will expand it. (she usually does). It has a great idea, truly original.

re: "Seggri" - quite the opposite here..It seems Le Guin compressed a whole novel into a story, as she mentions in her recent interview.

12:04 PM  

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