Ursula K. Le Guin

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Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (21 October 1929, Berkeley, California – 22 January 2018, Portland, Oregon) was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in 1959, and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, yielding more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children's books.

Publications (selection)[edit]

  • The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction, Putnam, 1979; new ed., rev., HarperCollins, 1992.
  • "A Non-Euclidean View of California as a Cold Place to Be", The Yale Review 72:2, Jan 1983, pp 161-180; repr. in Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World, New York: Grove, 1989; repr., Fifth Estate 382, Spring 2010. Commentary: John Clark (Fifth Estate, 2010). [1] [2]
    • "Una visión no euclidiana de California como un lugar frío para vivir", trans. Carlos Gardini, Gigamesh 44, 2007. (Spanish)
    • "Ein nicht-euklidischer Blick auf Kalifornien als kalten Ort in spe", trans. Matthias Fersterer, in Le Guin, Am Anfang war der Beutel, thinkOya, 2020; repr., Le Guin, Immer nach Hause, Carcosa, 2023. (German)
  • "The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction" [1986], in Women of Vision: Essays by Women Writing Science Fiction, ed. Denise Du Pont, New York: St Martin's Press, 1988; repr. in Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World, New York: Grove Press, 1989, pp 165-170, HTML; repr. in The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology, eds. C. Glotfelty and H. Fromm, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1996, pp 149-154; repr. in Le Guin, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, intro. Donna Haraway, Ignota, 2019.
    • "Çuval kuramı ve kurgu", in Le Guin, Kadınlar rüyalar, ejderhalar: Ursula K. Le Guin'den seçme yazılar, Istanbul: Metis Yayınları, 1999, pp 52-58. [3] (Turkish)
    • Bæreposeteorien om fiktion, trans. Karsten Sand Iversen, Virkelig, and Laboratorium for Æstetik og Økologi, 2017, 13 pp. [4] (Danish)
    • "Die Tragetaschentheorie des Erzählens", trans. Matthias Fersterer, in Le Guin, Am Anfang war der Beutel: Warum uns Fortschritts-Utopien an den Rand des Abgrunds führten und wie Denken in Rundungen die Grundlage für gutes Leben schafft, thinkOya, 2020, pp 12-21. [5] [6] (German)
    • "Teória fikcie ukrytá v mechu", trans. Ján Solčáni, 3/4, Bratislava, Apr 2023. (Slovak)
  • Steering The Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, Eighth Mountain, 1998; repr., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
  • Space Crone, eds. & intro. So Mayer and Sarah Shin, London: Silver Press, 2023, 256 pp. A collection of Le Guin’s writings on feminism and gender. Publisher.


Documentary films[edit]

  • Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, dir. Arwen Curry, 2018, 68 min. [8] [9]