The Unreal and the Real: Outer Space, Inner LandsUrsula K. Le Guin
science fiction, fantasy, short stories
Locus Award nominee 2013, World Fantasy Award nominee 2013.
“She is the reigning queen of... but immediately we come to a difficulty, for what is the fitting name of her kingdom? Or, in view of her abiding concern with the ambiguities of gender, her queendom, or perhaps — considering how she likes to mix and match — her quinkdom? Or may she more properly be said to have not one such realm, but two?” — Margaret Atwood, New York Review of Books
Ursula K. Le Guin’s nonrealistic stories which have shaped the way many readers see the world. She gives voice to the voiceless, hope to the outsider, and speaks truth to power — all the time maintaining her independence and sense of humor.
This two-volume selection of Le Guin’s stories — as selected by the author — omits stories directly connected to novels. The second volume, Outer Space, Inner Lands, focuses on Le Guin’s stories of the fantastic such as “The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas” and “The Matter of Seggri” and includes stories from The Compass Rose, The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, Buffalo Gals, Fisherman of the Inland Sea, The Birthday of the World, and Changing Planes.
The Unreal and the Real is a much-anticipated event which will delight, amuse, and provoke.
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