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  •  Rescued again? (7+ / 0-)

    Like my daughter recently posted on her FB page, "Based on the amount of good things that happen to me in spite of the terrible things I've done in my life, I'm sort of convinced I singlehandedly prevented some act of mass genocide or something in a previous life. My life is stupid with grace."

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 02:40:50 PM PST

    •  LeGuinn (12+ / 0-)

      never considered herself a sci-fi writer. I've heard her speak on this a couple of times.

      I found this link to an interview with her on the subject at Swarthmore.edu (no date, but she's been consistent with this message when she speaks publicly):

      "I didn't exactly choose science fiction. I went where I got
      published, which took a long time because my work is so odd. For the last fifty or sixty years, literature has been categorised as "realism," and if you weren't writing realism, you weren't respectable. I had to ignore that and say to myself that I could do things in science fiction that I could never do in realism. I tend to be prickly about this subject because I get tired of being put down as a science fiction writer. The fact is, in the post-modern era, all the barriers are breaking down pretty fast."
      She recognizes the power of myth and parable and uses sci-fi settings and situations to tell her stories without getting caught up in the details of reality of the science of space:
      Sometimes the most direct way to tell the truth is to tell a totally implausible story, like a myth. That way you avoid the muddle of pretending the story ever happened, or ever will happen.
      She also mentions that The Left Hand of Darkness was an attempt at a feminist novel. When she wrote The Wizard of Earthsea, she wrote what she knew, which was tales with male heroes.

      The times I've heard her speak, she really does come across as annoyed at being classified as sci-fi. But I think that the fact that she is helped her reach more readers who needed and now appreciate here.

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