The Con in a Can…

Imagine a Venn diagram. The blue circle contains people who might have attended a convention at soem point in their lives and have developed any kind of affection for them and a certain amount of knowledge about the backroom workings … Continue reading

Share

Re-reading Ursula Le Guin – Coda Saying Goodbye at the Gate: Reflections on “No Time To Spare (Thinking About What Matters)”

While I was updating my Le Guin collection with the Hainish books I lacked, in preparation for my Big Re-Read of 2018, I also decided to pick up Ursula Le Guin’s last book, a collection of blog posts and essays, … Continue reading

Share

Ursula Le Guin re-read: the Hainish Novels – Part 3: The Envoi – The Word for World is Forest, The Telling

If the first three books were milieu and setting, and the second (masterpiece) books were *absolutely everything*, the last two books on this list – while remaining “milieu” in the sense that we are in the usual Le Guin worldbuilding … Continue reading

Share

Ursula Le Guin re-read: the Hainish Novels – Part 2: The Masterpieces – The Left Hand of Darkness, The Disposessed

  In one sense these books are almost brackets of the Hainish cycle. The Disposessed is positioned right at a beginning of the regathering of the worlds into a body of union, an alliance, in terms of a League of … Continue reading

Share