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The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands Hardcover – November 27, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618730355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618730350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Unreal and the Real guns from the grim to the ecstatic, from the State to the Garden of Eden, with just one dragon between. (Every collection needs one dragon.) In every good career-spanning collection, you can observe an author growing into her authority. Here, every story, in its own way and from its own universe, told in its own mode, explains that there is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin."
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"A century from now people will still be reading the fantasy stories of Ursula K Le Guin with joy and wonder. Five centuries from now they might ask if their author ever really existed, or if Le Guin was an identity made from the work of many writers rolled into one. A millennium on and her stories will be so familiar, like myths and fairytales today, that only dedicated scholars will ask who wrote them. Such is the fate of the truly great writers, whose stories far outlive their names."
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Ursula K. Le Guin: Ursula K. Le Guin has published eleven short story collections, twenty-one novels, essays, poetry, translations, and books for children, and has received the PEN-Malamud and National Book Awards, among others. Also due this year is Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, OR.


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Ursala K. Le Guin -- One of the best writers i the field.
golfer
And I have a pretty strong feeling many others will be feeling the exact same way in the not-too-distant future.
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You want to read good science fiction, then read these stories.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on December 6, 2012
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Most every serious fan of science-fiction and fantasy is aware of the impact Le Guin's fiction has had on the genres, but many have not delved further than her classic novels like 'The Disposessed' or the 'Earthsea' cycle. I would argue that some of her very best, most powerful and imaginative work was in the short form, and these two volumes (sold separately) provide the perfect evidence. The 38 stories found within would serve as an excellent introduction for newcomers to her work, and as a definitive collection of Le Guin's best short fiction for the more serious fan.

The first volume, subtitled 'Where on Earth,' collects her more literary and experimental fiction, as opposed to the more science-fiction-based second volume. Many of the stories here blur the line between "serious" literature and science-fiction, as evidenced by the first four stories, all set within the fictional country of Orsina. But while the setting may be fictional, these four stories deal with very real, human issues, such as freedom and what it is to be human. Some of the stories are very moving, like "Buffalo Gals," in which a small child, lost in the desert, finds a new mother-figure in Coyote, the trickster god. Others are rather strange and surreal, such as "Either, OR," about a small town that's constantly on the move. Every story here is unique and well worth reading, not to mention beautifully written, and I imagine even sf-only readers will find much to love.

'Outer Space, Inner Lands' collects Le Guin's more sf-based works, though only a few would be considered "straight" or "traditional" science-fiction. Le Guin, more often than not, used science-fiction as a launching pad to explore philosophical themes that would otherwise be much more difficult to accomplish effectively.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hsu on February 10, 2013
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So glad Ursula selected the stories herself (she described her selection processes in the intro) and included only her own favorites. I have read some of the stories before, including the very famous: "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" as well as the not so famous stories like "The Shobies' Story." It has my all time favorite story, "Solitude," in it; but that honored place may be displaced by a new story (to me) I just read, "the Poacher." I am delighted that she has picked some not so well known stories so we'll have a chance to see these hidden treasures. True to all her stories, these stories here will make you think, will shock you out of your complacency, will teleport you temporarily to worlds that are so strange and yet so familiar.

I bought the Kindle version of this two volume set, because I ran out of space on my book shelves; but now I wish I have hard copies because I know I'll be going back to read and re-read many of the stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mitchelstein on January 9, 2013
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I had never read anything by Le Guin and I have thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this book. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys well written, surprising short stories, and particularly to people who think might be interested in science fiction but have not tried it yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GreensRGood on December 9, 2012
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This new set of selected stories by the author is a gift to those of us who have been following her work for over 40 years and have longed to have a definitive set of the short stories. This would be a great set of volumes to use in teaching literary form and techniques.
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Ursula K. LeGuin is one of my favorite authors and this collection did not disappoint. I had only read one of the stories before, but had forgotten the ending. These are typical short stories in that many have dour or mixed endings, while others have exultant endings. If you don't like tragedies these stories may not be for you, but if you like inventive stories about strange societies these will fit the bill. While many of these societies may seem off the wall a little reading of anthropology can make them fit in with human possibilities. Some stories may actually qualify as long short stories while there are some of only a few pages. Most have good character development. A large number fit in with her other Hainish stories, and a couple really make more sense if you have read "The Left Hand of Darkness"
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I am a totally unabashed Le Guin fan. The quality of her writing, stories, imagination and invention is ways so high. Each new found story is a little treasure. Hoping for at least a few more...
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By Camila on April 1, 2013
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Lovely stories that make you think.... The author helps you understand life while she talks about distant planets... but the truth is inside you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheyenne Blue on January 8, 2014
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Giving up on this. I really expected to like it, and I've enjoyed other books by Le Guin. These stories are well crafted, well written, but at one third of the way through the book, there have only been a couple I've truly enjoyed. I think it's partly that they are too busy: too many characters, too many ideas, too many new words and terms and too much world-building. It got so that I couldn't keep it all straight. Just as I was sorting out the world in one story, it would end and another story started.

I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to this read.
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