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4.0 out of 5 stars A Way to beat Airport Blues, 28 April 2005
This review is from: Changing Planes: Armchair Travel for the Mind (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
Amongst the most unpleasant places on the planet must be airport departure lounges (especially American ones according to my parents...).
In this collection, Ursula Le Guin has produced a number of stories about places that could be reached from the departure lounges of the world's airports. Ms Le Guin has employed her undoubted skills in creating new worlds in order to form the backgrounds to these worlds. Unfortunately, many of the more pleasant worlds are crypto Anarchical in nature, while the ones that are unpleasant are often either capitalist or formerly capitalist. This has been a long term twitch of Ms Le Guin's for virtually the last forty years. Also, a number of stories seem to be rather too obvious pastiches on current societies and/or events.
Of course, the title is a rather obvious play on waiting for another plane and swapping between the alternative planetary planes.
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