The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

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HarperPerennial, 1993 - Fantasy fiction - 250 pages
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In this updated edition of the 1992 hardcover, Le Guin addresses the fascinating issues, concepts, challenges, and paradoxes that confront the science fiction writer and reader, drawing on her own ideas and insights to present a book that is wonderfully accessible and thought-provoking. Le Guin is the only author who has won three Nebulas, four Hugos, and the National Book Award.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

The essays by Le Guin in this book are mostly forty years old, but still well worth reading. Le Guin's thoughts and concerns about literature are thought-provoking, insightful and well thought out. Read full review

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User Review  - amaraduende - LibraryThing

This was another very interesting non-fiction book by Le Guin. If you read much in ANY genre, this book will make you think about genre itself in new ways. If you do academic work with literature, this is definitely even more worth it. Reread some of this in late 2012. Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Ursula K. Le Guin was born Ursula Kroeber in Berkeley, California on October 21, 1929. She received a bachelor's degree from Radcliffe College in 1951 and a master's degree in romance literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance from Columbia University in 1952. She won a Fulbright fellowship in 1953 to study in Paris, where she met and married Charles Le Guin. Her first science-fiction novel, Rocannon's World, was published in 1966. Her other books included the Earthsea series, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, The Lathe of Heaven, Four Ways to Forgiveness, and The Telling. A Wizard of Earthsea received an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2014. She also received the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award. She also wrote books of poetry, short stories collections, collections of essays, children's books, a guide for writers, and volumes of translation including the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and selected poems by Gabriela Mistral. She died on January 22, 2018 at the age of 88.

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