The peaceful planet called Fomalhaut II, peopled with lovely dark-skinned, golden-haired humanoids, elvish Fiia, and mysterious Clayfolk, was just an interesting assignment to anthropologist Rocannon – until an invading force attacked the planet with a technology the natives could not hope to match.
The only factor that the invaders had not taken into account was the presence of Rocannon himself. Rallying the natives around him, Rocannon sets out to turn the enemy's power back against its own forces, and to prove that the technology of war is no match for courage and love of freedom.
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 ... (more)