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Ursula LeGuin

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

News of the death, at 88, of Ursula Le Guin, has been extensively reported in the media today. She had been in poor health for a while. Ursula joined the Gollancz list in 1971, and has been with us ever since, making her our longest serving author by some distance, and we are proud to […]

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Title Spotlight: The Unreal and the Real Vol 2

And now: the finale to our Ursula K. Le Guin celebration comes with a collection containing some of the finest SFF short stories of all time . . . The Unreal and the Real is a two-volume collection of stories, selected by Ursula Le Guin herself, and spans the spectrum of fiction from realism through […]

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Title Spotlight: The Unreal and the Real Vol 1

Well, it’s been a wonderful ride, but we’re now just about ready to wrap up our month-long celebration of the work of Ursula K. Le Guin. And what better way to do so than with the author’s own favourites . . . The Unreal and the Real is a two-volume collection of stories, selected by […]

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Title Spotlight: Rocannon’s World

As you’ll know, our great joy at having the brilliant The Left Hand of Darkness join the SF Masterworks series has led us to undertake a celebration of the works of the peerless Ursula K. Le Guin. And one of the works we’re highlighting currently is her debut novel: Rocannon’s World. Earth-scientist Rocannon has been […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Dispossessed

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel, as well as a host of other prizes, The Dispossessed is one of the central works of the acclaimed Hainish cycle – if not the central work. To list the praise this book – and, indeed, all of Ursula Le Guin‘s work – has received […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Left Hand of Darkness

Last week we posted about Ursula K. Le Guin’s titles in the SF Masterworks series and ended with the news that we were delighted to welcome a new addition: The Left Hand of Darkness. But we didn’t go into any more detail. Why? Well, because a book like The Left Hand of Darkness – on […]

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Earthsea: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Fantasy Masterpiece

At the end of last week, we talked about Ursula K. Le Guin’s incredibly impressive body of SF work, through the prism of the titles in our SF Masterworks series. As promised, this week, we celebrate her Fantasy: specifically, the beloved Earthsea sequence. Beginning with 1968’s A Wizard of Earthsea and continuing over another five books […]

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Ursula K. Le Guin: the Masterworks

If you were to draw a Venn diagram of Science Fiction & Fantasy authors** whose brilliance is acknowledged by critics and readers within the SF field and by critics and readers within the Literary community, you would not require an abacus to keep count of those who appear in the middle. You’d find J.G. Ballard, […]

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Celebrating Ursula K. Le Guin

We are, over the next few weeks, going to be celebrating the great Ursula K. Le Guin. Why?  Well, why not? She is a giant of modern literature – both within genre and without – and she’s won a staggering five Hugos, six Nebulas, two World Fantasy Awards, three James Tiptree Jr Memorial Awards, a […]

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Ursula K. LeGuin’s Orsinia

Over at the TLS, the always insightful Roz Kaveney looks at The Library of America’s new edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Orsinia, which collectes the stories in Orsinian Tales and the novel Malafrena – all set in Le Guin’s imaginary central European country of Orsinia. Malafrena, though, deserves to be ranked alongside The Dispossessed […]

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The Daily Dot’s Best Nine Fantasy Series

In September last year, The Daily Dot published an article of interest to Gateway readers (yes, we know we’re late picking up on this. Sorry – we were distracted!). Headlined ‘The 9 Best Fantasy Book Series‘ with the subheadline ‘If you love ‘Game of Thrones,’ this list is for you’, the piece goes on to […]

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Happy Birthday, Ursula K. Le Guin!

One of modern literature’s greatest writers celebrates her birthday, today: one of the most lyrical, insightful, imaginative and important authors the SFF field has ever produced, a writer equally fêted by the literary establishment and the SFF community, a writer with complete mastery of SF, fantasy, historical, realist and children’s fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin. […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Always Coming Home

Neglected masterpiece. Unsung classic. Unjustly-overlooked genius. We live in a time of ridiculous hyperbole. A time when terms such as ‘classic’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘genius’ have become so overused as to be almost meaningless. A time when films garner four stars for being competent and five for being better than average. A time when politicians demand […]

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New Title Spotlight: Rocannon’s World

We are delighted to present, for the first time in eBook, the great Ursula K. Le Guin’s first novel: Rocannon’s World. Earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan, Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet […]

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Happy Birthday, Ursula Le Guin!

On this day, eighty-six years ago, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born. We’re not sure whether she’s celebrating the event, but we certainly are! Apart from being one of the most lyrical, insightful, imaginative and important authors the SFF field has ever produced, she is that rarest of writers: one fêted by the literary establishment […]

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