The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

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Ultramarine Publishing, 1979 - Fantasy fiction - 270 pages
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Review: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

User Review  - Rachel Welton - Goodreads

This book is just so packed full of wisdom and joy. Le Guin tackles some of the questions that have been plaguing me ("can sf/f be art? should spec fic be held to the same standards as literary ... Read full review

Review: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

I rarely read books on writing, whether criticism or technique. Nice to discover Mrs. Le Guin never does either. And this was actually worth the while. Her opinions on why writers write, how they ... Read full review

Contents

A Citizen of Mondath
25
On Fantasy and Science Fiction
31
Introduction
33
Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?
39
Dreams Must Explain Themselves
47
National Book Award Acceptance Speech
57
The Child and the Shadow
59
Myth and Archetype in Science Fiction
73
Is Gender Necessary?
161
The Staring Eye
171
The Modest One
175
Introduction to Star Songs of an Old Primate
179
Telling the Truth
185
Introduction
187
Introduction to The Altered I Excerpt
191
Talking About Writing
195

From Elfland to Poughkeepsie
83
American SF and The Other
97
Science Fiction and Mrs Brown
101
DoItYourself Cosmology
121
The Book Is What Is Real
127
Introduction
129
Introduction to Rocannons World
133
Introduction to Planet of Exile
139
Introduction to City of Illusions
145
Introduction to The Word for World Is Forest
149
Introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness
155
Escape Routes
201
Pushing at the Limits
207
Introduction
209
The Stalin in the Soul
211
The Stone Ax and the Muskoxen
223
Bibliographic Checklist of the Works of Ursula K Le Guin
237
Books Booklets and Records
241
Short Fiction
247
NonFiction
255
Interviews Questionnaires Biographical Notes and Articles about UKL Containing Original Quotations
267

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About the author (1979)

Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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