Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was an American author. She has written novels, poetry, children's books, essays, and short stories, most notably in the fantasy and science fiction genres.

Le Guin was first published in the 1960s. Her works explore philosophical, psychological and sociological themes. She has received several Hugo and Nebula awards, and was awarded the Gandalf Grand Master award in 1979 and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2003.

Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of the anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber and the writer Theodora Kroeber. Her father was granted the first Ph.D. in Anthropology in the United States in 1901 (Columbia University). She became interested in literature when she was very young. At the age of eleven she submitted her first story to the magazine Astounding Science Fiction (it was rejected).

She received her M.A. from Columbia University in 1952. She later studied in France, where she met her husband, historian Charles Le Guin. They were married in 1953. Le Guin has lived in Portland, Oregon since 1958. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Le Guin's earliest writings (little published at the time, but some appeared in adapted form much later in Orsinian Tales and Malafrena), were non-fantastic stories of imaginary countries. Searching for a publishable way to express her interests, she returned to her early


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Planet of Exile6.94
Rocannon's World7.46
City of Illusions7.16
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea #1)7.94
The Left Hand of Darkness7.98
The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea #2)7.94
The Lathe of Heaven7.48
The Farthest Shore (Earthsea #3)7.98
From Elfland to Poughkeepsie
The Dispossessed8.02
Dreams Must Explain Themselves
The Wind's Twelve Quarters7.64
The Word for World Is Forest7.04
Orsinian Tales
The Eye of the Heron7.00
The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction
Leese Webster
Malafrena7.00
The Beginning Place6.00
The Adventures of Cobbler's Rune (Adventures in Kroy #1)
The Compass Rose
Solomon Leviathan's Nine-Hundred and Thirty-First Trip Around the World (Adventures in Kroy #2)
Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone
Always Coming Home8.76
Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences
Catwings (Catwings #1)
A Visit from Dr. Katz
Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places
Catwings Return (Catwings #2)
The Way of the Water's Going: Images of the Northern California Coastal Range
Fire and Stone
Tehanu (Earthsea #4)7.52
Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand
Jane On Her Own (Catwings #4)
A Ride on the Red Mare's Back
Fish Soup
Earthsea Revisioned
The Earthsea Quartet8.36
Wonderful Alexander And the Catwings (Catwings #3)
A Fisherman of the Inland Sea7.06
Four Ways to Forgiveness7.34
Tales of the Catwings (Catwings #5)
Unlocking the Air: And Other Stories
Worlds of Exile and Illusion7.34
The Telling7.24
More Tales of the Catwings (Catwings #6)
Tales from Earthsea (Earthsea #5)7.80
The Other Wind (Earthsea #6)7.96
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories7.34
Tom Mouse
Changing Planes8.00
The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagin
Gifts (Chronicles of the Western Shore #1)7.42
Voices (Chronicles of the Western Shore #2)7.66
Powers (Chronicles of the Western Shore #3)7.92
Lavinia7.40
Cheek by Jowl
The Wild Girls Plus...
The Unreal and the Real: Where on Earth (The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories #1)
The Unreal and the Real: Outer Space, Inner Lands (The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories #2)
The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin
Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

Speculative Fiction Novels (49)

(Earthsea)
2018 | fantasy > high fantasy, collection

2016 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories #2)
2012 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories #1)
2012 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories

2011 | science fiction, collection, short stories

2008 | fantasy, history
(Chronicles of the Western Shore #3)
2007 | fantasy > high fantasy, young adult
(Chronicles of the Western Shore #2)
2006 | fantasy > high fantasy, young adult
(Chronicles of the Western Shore #1)
2004 | fantasy > high fantasy, young adult

2003 | science fiction, short stories

2002 | fantasy, childrens

2002 | science fiction, short stories
(Earthsea #6)
2001 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Earthsea #5)
2001 | fantasy > high fantasy, short stories
(Hainish Cycle)
2000 | science fiction > anthropological sf
(Catwings #6)
2000 | fantasy, childrens, short stories
(Hainish Cycle)
1996 | science fiction, collection
(Catwings #5)
1996 | fantasy, childrens, short stories

1996 | science fiction, short stories
(Hainish Cycle)
1995 | science fiction > anthropological sf, short stories
(Catwings #3)
1994 | fantasy, childrens

1994 | science fiction, short stories
(Earthsea)
1993 | fantasy > high fantasy, collection

1992 | fantasy, childrens
(Catwings #4)
1992 | fantasy, childrens
(Earthsea #4)
1990 | fantasy > high fantasy

1989 | fantasy, childrens
(Catwings #2)
1989 | fantasy, childrens
(Catwings #1)
1988 | fantasy, childrens

1987 | science fiction, short stories

1985 | science fiction
(Adventures in Kroy #2)
1983 | fantasy, childrens
(Adventures in Kroy #1)
1982 | fantasy, childrens

1982 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories

1980 | fantasy
(Orsinia)
1979 | fantasy, mainstream

1978 | science fiction
(Orsinia)
1976 | fantasy, mainstream, short stories
(Hainish Cycle)
1976 | science fiction

1975 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(Hainish Cycle)
1974 | science fiction > social science fiction + utopia
(Earthsea #3)
1972 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Earthsea #2)
1971 | fantasy > high fantasy

1971 | science fiction
(Hainish Cycle)
1969 | science fiction
(Earthsea #1)
1968 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Hainish Cycle)
1967 | science fiction
(Hainish Cycle)
1966 | science fiction
(Hainish Cycle)
1966 | science fiction

Others non-spefi books (14)


2018 | non-fiction

2009 | non-fiction

2004 | non-fiction

1993 | non-fiction

1992 | childrens

1991 | magical realism, short stories

1989 | non-fiction

1989 | non-fiction

1988 | childrens

1984 | non-fiction

1979 | non-fiction

1979 | childrens

1975 | non-fiction

1973 | non-fiction