Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2005 at 10:47 am under Fiction, Science Fiction / Fantasy

Title: Planet of Exile
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Genre: Fiction

Why I liked this book: Ursula Le Guin most clearly embodies, for me, the idea that science fiction is a way to look at our current world, our beliefs, our ethics… and see what happens if you put them into a new environment. She has a skill at weaving character and story together — fascinating characters, and gripping stories — while not losing sight of the bigger ideas of the novel. The New York Times Book Review said it better than I can:

“Le Guin writes in quiet, straightforward sentences about people who feel they are being torn apart by massive forces in society–technological, political, economic–and who fight courageously to remain whole.”

The most recent Le Guin book I’ve read — I’m slowly working my way through all her books — is Planet of Exile. It’s one of her earliest novels, and if she was that good that early in her career… well, I’m anticipating reading more.

3 Responses to “Science fiction isn’t all lasers and spaceships”

  1. Becca Kie Says:

    Le Guin Is one of my favorite authors, although I haven’t read this novel yet. “The Left Hand of Darkness” is also very good!

  2. Derek Says:

    Oooh, oooh…Don’t forget about The Dispossessed, which is one of the absolute finest works questioning the nature of utopian thinking.

  3. Jenica Rogers-Urbanek Says:

    I’m working on Le Guin’s Earthsea novels right now, but I’ll move on to The Disposessed next!

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