The First Four Books

Science Fiction, Fiction


Ursula K Le Guin’s science fiction writing is the perfect example of redefining the genre – rather than manifestos that seek to align the scaffolding of alternative worlds, she wrote four sprawling, infinite alternatives into existence – their motivating principles can be deciphered and analysed at leisure. Le Guin has previously referred to ‘building from the crooked timber of humanity’, constructing and repurposing the warped offcuts and subconscious waste material of a humanity so frequently beside itself. She has also spoken of her childhood as being one in which her family remained were open to other ‘ways of living’, and the liberation implied in this broad associative imagination remains a vital resource for psychological escape in much of her doggedly loyal readership.