The Birthday Of The World and Other Stories (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 16 Jan 2003
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Ursula Le Guin's latest title, The Birthday of the World, is her first short story collection since The Wind's Twelve Quarters (available in the Gollancz yellow jacket edition) and one of the most essential SF short story volumes published in many a while. Long-time fans of Le Guin will be delighted that several of the pieces are set in the already superbly realised worlds of her Hainish cycle, and there is a brand new novella called Paradises Lost.
This is the SF of ideas, a lyrical, organic collection that explores visions of worlds where women outnumber men, where there exist societies without order and lands where sex is not determined at birth, but people slip between genders at a whim and are neither male nor female in between. While the word controversial doesn't really do it justice, the stories and the ideas Le Guin presents are certainly challenging to say the least, and she has some interesting ideas on the evolution of society and our own place in it. All in all a daring and bold collection, breathtaking and beautiful, that confirms why Le Guin is one of the genre's most celebrated writers. --Jon Snow --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Strong work from a master storyteller; highly recommended."--Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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We visit worlds like Gethen, as in the novel 'The Left Hand of Darkness', where most individuals are neither female nor male, but periodically enter the state of kemmer, where they asume one or the other sexual form. Or O, where couples marry couples. On the planet Seggri women outnumber men, who are kept apart for enjoyment and recreation purposes. In the short story 'Solitude' we visit a planet where there is no society as such, just loose bonds and encounters.
Of course, such short summaries can't get across the detail of Le Guin's work. And it is precisely the social anthropology and the details that make the stories and the worlds very much alive - and make you think. For the stories are not only thought-provoking, they might even be plain provoking, and may make you think again on several subjects.
So for a collection of science fiction in which there is more social science than physics or chemistry, 'The Birthday of the World: and other stories' is a very fine choice.
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I love this book - it is science fiction used to tell us about the possibilities within ourselves. It should be required reading for all young people.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I fell in love with Ursula K Leguin at the age of 15, when I first read the Earthsea novels. I'm a big SF and fantasy fan, but she is someone special. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2010 by the dilettante