Changing PlanesUrsula K. Le Guin
science fiction, short stories
- Sita Dulip's Method
- Porridge on Islac
- The Silence of the Asonu
- Feeling at Home with the Hennebet
- The Ire of the Veksi
- Seasons of the Ansarac
- Social Dreaming of the Frin
- The Royals of Hegn
- Woeful Tales from Mahigul
- Great Joy
- Wake Island
- The Nna Mmoy Language
- The Building
- The Fliers of Gy
- The Island of the Immortals
- Confusion on Uñi
Missing a flight, waiting in an airport, listening to garbled announcements – who doesn't hate that misery?
But Sita Dulip from Cincinnati finds a method of bypassing the crowds at the desks, the long lines at the toilets, the nasty lunch, the whimpering children and punitive parents, the bookless bookstores, and the blue plastic chairs bolted to the floor.
A mere kind of twist and a slipping bend, easier to do than to describe, takes her not to Denver but to Strupsirts, a picturesque region of waterspouts and volcanoes, or to Djeyo where she can stay for two nights in a small hotel with a balcony overlooking the amber Sea of Somue. This new discovery – changing planes – enables Sita to visit bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own and sometimes open doors into the alien.
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