The Birthday of the World and Other StoriesUrsula K. Le Guin
science fiction, short stories
- Coming of Age in Karhide by Sov Thade Tage em Ereb, of Rer, in Karhide, on Gethen (1995)
- The Matter of Seggri (1994)
- Unchosen Love (1994)
- Mountain Ways (1996)
- Solitude (1994)
- Old Music and the Slave Women (1999)
- The Birthday of the World (2000)
- Paradises Lost (2002)
For more than four decades, Ursula K. Le Guin has enthralled readers with her imagination, clarity, and moral vision. The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, this renowned writer has, in each story and novel, created a provocative, ever-evolving universe filled with diverse worlds and rich characters reminiscent of our earthly selves.
Now, in The Birthday of the World, this artist returns to these worlds in eight brilliant short works, including a never-before-published novella, each of which probes the essence of humanity. The first six tales in this volume are set in the author's signature world of the Ekumen, "my pseudocoherent universe with holes in the elbows," as Le Guin describes it – a world made familiar in her award-winning novel The Left Hand of Darkness. The seventh, title story was hailed by Publishers Weekly as "remarkable... a standout." The final offering in the collection, Paradises Lost, is a mesmerizing novella of space exploration and the pursuit of happiness.
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