Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin [ ˈɝsələ ˈkʁø: bɐ ləˈgwɪn ] (born October 21, 1929 in Berkeley , California as Ursula Kroeber ; † January 22, 2018 in Portland , Oregon ) was an American author of mainly fantastic literature , but also political utopias. She is best known for the science fiction novels of the Hainish cycle and the fantasy novels of the Earth Sea world.
Ursula Kroeber was the daughter of the writer and anthropologist Theodora Kroeber , author of Ishi in Two Worlds , the biography of the last survivor of the Yahi Indians, and the professor of anthropology Alfred Louis Kroeber . On the father's side, the family came from Kröbern in Thuringia . The ancestors of the mother, whose maiden name was Kracaw , immigrated in the early 19th century. While at school, the family lived near the University of California campus at Berkeley , where Kroeber attended Berkeley High School . In the summer months, however, they lived in Kishamish , a family property in the Napa Valley .
She started writing early. In one of her few autobiographical essays, she writes about the impression that Lord Dunsany's A Dreamer's Tale made on the child reader, how she wrote her first story at the age of eight of a man who is persecuted by malevolent elves, and how she was at the age of 11 Sent an initial time travel story to Amazing Stories , which was rejected. She read a lot, there was a house full of books and a good public library, but she didn't read science fiction for a long time - “I was busy with Tolstoy and things”, and there were always only the stories of the spaceship captains with angular Faces and strange weapons, it was the golden age of space operas - it wasn't until 1960 or 1961, at the suggestion of a friend, that a story by Cordwainer Smith convinced her that it could be done, that is, that there was science fiction of interest and that one could also write something like that.
But first came school and study. After high school, Kroeber went to the east coast and studied literature at Radcliffe College , Cambridge , where she received her bachelor's degree in 1951 and was awarded a membership in Phi Beta Kappa . She then continued her studies of the Italian and French Renaissance at Columbia University in New York , where she was a Faculty Fellow and graduated with a Masters in 1952 with a thesis on Pierre de Ronsard . She later used the background of the Mediterranean Renaissance world in her stories from Orsinia and Malafrena . Several Fulbright scholarships allowed her to do research in Paris (1953–1954) and London (1968–69 and 1975–76). In 1953 she met her future husband in France, the professor of history Charles A. Le Guin. In December 1953, Kroeber and Le Guin married. She and her husband had two daughters (born in 1957 and 1959) and a son (born in 1964).
Le Guin taught French in the following years at Mercer University in Macon , Georgia , and at the University of Idaho in Moscow . In 1955 she was Department Secretary (assistant department head) at Emory University in Atlanta . The family eventually settled on the west coast in Portland , Oregon in 1958 , where her husband taught at Portland State University and where Le Guin lived mainly until her death. In the summer months, however, they often spent time in the Napa Valley.
In September 1962, a first story appeared in April in Paris in the SF magazine Fantastic Stories of Imagination . Since then she has lived as a writer in Portland (Oregon). Her first novel, Rocannon's World , was published in 1966. The following years until 1974 were the most productive in terms of writing, in which most of the best-known works, especially the majority of the novels from the Hainish and Earth Sea cycles, appeared. Recognition soon followed, she won prizes, her books were enthusiastically discussed and her short stories found their way into important anthologies.
In addition to her literary works, she wrote a number of literary-critical and theoretical works and was a frequent lecturer in courses and workshops for creative writing , including at Pacific University , Forest Grove , Oregon (1971), University of Washington , Seattle (1971-1973 ), Portland State University , Oregon (1974, 1977, 1979), in Melbourne , Australia (1975), at the University of Reading in England (1976), the Indiana Writers Conference in Bloomington (1978, 1983), at Beloit College ( 1991–1992), at the University of California at San Diego (1979) and for many years at Portland State University .
In January 2018, Le Guin died at her Portland home at the age of 88.
Le Guin once described her way of working as a kind of visionary process or visionary task:
"A person [is] seen, seen at a certain distance, usually in a landscape. The place is there, the person is there. I didn't invent him, I didn't make her up: he or she is there. And my business is to get there too. "
“You see someone from a certain distance, mostly in a landscape. The place is there, the person is there. I don't make it up, I don't make it up: he or she is there. And it's my job to get there too. "
That is, the defining elements in Le Guin's work are the protagonists as part of and in relation to the world around them. Accordingly, her stories can be divided into four main groups, corresponding to the four fictional worlds of Le Guin, to which a large part of her works can be assigned. These are
- the science fiction world of the Hainish cycle ,
- the fantasy world of earth sea novels,
- the fictional, central European country of Orsinia and
- the American west coast, in a near, unspecified future.
Le Guin had little love for the divisions and delimitations associated with the genre terms of science fiction, as she formulated in her essay Genre: A Word Only the French Could Love . Above all, she objects to genre assignments if they are misused as a characteristic of literary quality:
"All judgment of literature by genre is tripe. All judgment of a category of literature as inherently superior or inferior is tripe. [...] There are many bad books. There are no bad genres. "
“Any assessment of literature by genre is crap. Any classification of a literary form as inherently superior or inferior is junk. [...] There are a lot of bad books. There are no bad genres. "
Otherwise, she considers genre assignment to be quite useful in many cases, especially for the reader. But:
"I too have crossed some genre barriers, in fact about as many as I could."
“I also defied genre boundaries. In fact, over as many as I could. "
Nevertheless, she exemplified the genre distinctions in her four worlds almost like a textbook, for example according to Samuel R. Delany's definition, according to which a report describes what happened, a realistic novel something that could have happened, science fiction what not has happened (but could happen), and fantasy ultimately what could not happen - except when anything can happen.
The world of ecumenism (Hainish cycle)
The “ecumenism” (in the original Ekumen ) is a relatively loose association of inhabited worlds that were settled long ago by the humanoids of the world Hain . Terra , the earth, also belongs to these worlds , so the people are descendants of Hainian colonists. Contact was lost with the decline of the Hain civilization and was only restored when interstellar space travel became possible again. However, there is no faster-than-light drive, which is why travel and the exchange of messages initially take years, even if the time seems to be much shorter to the travelers themselves due to the time dilation . Only through the invention of the Ansible , an interstellar communicator that enables the exchange of messages without delay - the background of the invention is described in the novel The Dispossessed - a closer cooperation and exchange and thus ecumenism as a union of the inhabited worlds is only possible .
The stories from the Ekumen universe are therefore science fiction in the classic sense: If one accepts the prerequisites ( e.g. the possibility of instantaneous communication over interstellar distances or telepathy ), everything else follows the lines of the realistic novel.
Wizard and dragon of the earth sea
It is less clear with the world of the earth sea. There are magicians and dragons, two classic elements of fantasy. However, not everything can happen in every moment, rather the magic is subject to rules that - provided you have the appropriate talent - can be learned in the school of magicians on the island of Rok . Knowledge of the true names of things, which come from the true, original and unique language, is central to their study. This magical language is also the mother tongue of the dragons, which makes them magical creatures. The island kingdom of the Earth Sea is inhabited by different peoples, with different customs and traditions from island to island. There is rok as a cultural center and the annual long dance as a ritual practiced on almost all islands, but these cultural brackets are relatively loose. Furthermore, there is a history of the island kingdom that is not detailed, but is hinted at again and again, and there is a kingship which, however , was long extinct by the time The Magician of the Earth Sea began . The Magician of the Earth Sea is the first volume of the trilogy that is central to the Earth Sea Cycle, the other volumes are The Graves of Atuan and The Far Shore . The protagonist of these three novels is Ged called Sperber , and the novels portray the career Geds the goatherd on the mountain island Gont to Archmage of Earthsea.
So you have a consistent world whose basic requirements are completely different from those of the world we know. However, there are numerous human communities and cultures in which magic is considered to be an existing, active power. In Le Guin's Earth Sea, such a worldview is accompanied by the obvious, very tangible “functioning” of such magic.
A central theme of fantasy is the invasion of the completely unknown, the nameless, into the ordered, named world of high fantasy . This confrontation is the theme in The Magician of the Earth Sea , where Ged, as a student of magic, unintentionally conjures up a dark, nameless being who from then on pursues him and threatens to devour his entire existence, and also in the third novel The Far Shore , where magic threatens altogether is and threatens to extinguish, and thus the culture of the island kingdom is on the verge of collapse. The invasion of the unknown is literally the result of a border crossing, namely the border between the place of the living and the realm of irreversible, irrevocable death is broken. The breach that has arisen in this way causes the world of magic to bleed out and Ged succeeds in closing the gap again and restituting the world of magic only by mobilizing all his strength and with the help of the future king,
Always Coming Home and other stories from the west coast
She has received a number of awards for her books, including the two most important international prizes for science fiction literature, the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award . The Left Hand of Darkness and Planet of the Have-Nots each won both prizes, Tehanu and Powers the Nebula Award and The Word for World is Forest the Hugo Award. In 1974 Die Omelas got their backs on Hugo for the best short story. In 1985 she received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize from the University of Rochester . Between 1972 and 2009 she also won a total of four Locus Awards . In 1988 and 2002 she received the World Fantasy Award . For life's work she received the Gandalf Grand Master Award in 1979 , the World Fantasy Award in 1995, the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2003, the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2004 and the Medal in 2014 for Distinguished Contribution to American Letter of the National Book Federation .
In 2001 she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame . In 2017 she received the Hugo Award for the Best Related Work for Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016 and 2018 the same award posthumously for No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters . Also posthumously, she received the Locus Award in 2018 for the collection The Hainish Novels and Stories . In 2017 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters .
The Dowry of Angyar (short story, 1964)
- German: Semleys Geschmeide. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose. 1980.
- Rocannon's World (1966)
- Planet of Exile (1966)
City of Illusions (1967)
- German: City of Illusions. Heyne SF&F # 3672, 1979, ISBN 3-453-30590-6 .
- The Left Hand of Darkness (1969, Hugo and Nebula Award)
Winter's King (short story, 1969)
- English: The King of Winter. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose. 1980.
Vaster Than Empires and More Slow (short story, 1971)
- German: As immeasurable as a world empire - grown more slowly. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose. 1980.
The Word for World is Forest (1972, Hugo Award)
- German: The word for world is forest. Heyne SF&F # 3466, 1975, ISBN 3-453-30378-4 .
The Dispossessed (1974, Hugo and Nebula Award). German:
- Planet of the have-nots. Translated by Gisela Stege. Heyne SF&F # 3505, 1976, ISBN 3-453-30395-4 .
- Planet of the have-nots. Translated by Hiltrud Bontrup, based on the translation by Gisela Stege. Argument (Ariadne Social Fantasies # 2043), 1999, ISBN 3-88619-943-6 .
- The dispossessed. Translated by Joachim Körber, based on the translation by Hiltrud Bontrup. Edition Phantasia (Phantasia Paperback Science Fiction # 1007), 2006, ISBN 3-937897-20-8 .
- Free spirits. Translated by Karen Nölle. Fischer Tor, 2017, ISBN 978-3-596-03535-9 .
The Day Before the Revolution (short story, 1974)
- The day before the revolution. In: Science-Fiction-Stories 73. Ullstein 2000 # 146 (3515), 1978, ISBN 3-548-03515-9 .
The Shobies' Story (short story, 1990)
- German: The story of the shobies. In: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998.
- Dancing to Ganam (short story, 1993)
Unchosen Love (short story, 1994)
- German: Tanzend nach Ganam. In: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998.
- The Matter of Seggri (short story, 1994)
Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994)
- German: Another story or a fisherman of the inland sea. In: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998.
- Solitude (short story, 1994)
- Coming of Age in Karhide by Sov Thade Tage em Ereb, of Rer, in Karhide, on Gethen (short story, 1995)
- Four Ways to Forgiveness (4 stories by Yeowe and Werel, 1995; expanded edition with 5 stories: Five Ways to Forgiveness , 2017)
- Mountain Ways (short story, 1996)
- The Telling (2000)
The Word of Unbinding (short story, 1964)
- German: The dissolving word. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose. 1980.
The Rule of Names (short story, 1964)
- German: The rule of names. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose. 1980.
A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
- English: The Magician of the Earth Sea. Heyne SF&F # 3675, 1979, ISBN 3-453-30594-9 .
The Tombs of Atuan (1970)
- English: The Tombs of Atuan. Heyne SF&F # 3676, 1979, ISBN 3-453-30595-7 .
The Farthest Shore (1972, National Book Award)
- German: The distant shore. Heyne SF&F # 3677, 1979, ISBN 3-453-30596-5 .
Earthsea (1977, collective edition of the first three novels)
- German: Erdsee. Heyne SF&F # 4343, 1986, ISBN 3-453-31356-9 .
Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea (1990, Nebula Award)
- German: Tehanu. Heyne SF&F # 4952, 1992, ISBN 3-453-06233-7 .
The Earthsea Quartet (1993, collective edition of the first four novels)
- German: Erdsee: 4 novels in one volume. 2004, ISBN 978-3-492-28523-0 .
- Dragonfly (short story, 1998)
The Other Wind (short stories, 2001)
- German: Return to Erdsee. Heyne SF&F # 9229, 2003, ISBN 3-453-86169-8 .
Tales from Earthsea ( short stories, 2001)
- German: The Legacy of Erdsee. Heyne SF&F # 9153, 2001, ISBN 3-453-18816-0 .
The Annals of the Western Shore
Gifts (2004, PEN USA Children's and Young Adult Literature Award 2005.)
- The wild gift. Piper, 2006, ISBN 3-492-70109-4 .
- Voices (2006)
- Powers (2007)
- The Lathe of Heaven (1971)
Very Far away from Anywhere Else (1976)
- German: Next year in September. 1983, ISBN 978-3-451-18211-2 .
- A Very Long Way from Anywhere Else (1976)
- The Eye of the Heron (1978)
- German: Malafrena, 1987, ISBN 978-3-453-31378-1 .
The Beginning Place (1980, also as Threshold )
- German: The wish valley. 1984, ISBN 3-453-21385-8 .
- Always Coming Home (1985)
- A Ride on the Red Mare's Back (1992)
Paradises Lost (Novelle, 2002, contained in: The Birthday of the World and Other Stories )
- German: Lost Paradises. Atlantis, 2014, ISBN 978-3-86402-161-9 .
- German: Lavinia. 2009, ISBN 0-15-603368-2 .
Short story collections
- The Wind's Twelve Quarters (1975)
Orsinian Tales (1976)
- German: Stories from Orsinia. Science fiction stories from an invented country. 1985, ISBN 3-453-31188-4 .
The Compass Rose (1982)
- German: The compass rose. Heyne Verlag, Munich 1985, Library of Science Fiction Literature Volume 47, ISBN 3-453-31156-6 .
- Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight (1987)
Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand (1991)
- German: The Rain Woman. 2001, ISBN 3-453-18271-5 .
- Science Fiction Stories (1994)
A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994)
- German: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998, ISBN 3-924959-45-5 .
- Unlocking the Air (1996)
- The Birthday of the World (2002)
- Changing Planes (2003)
- Where on Earth (2012)
- Outer Space, Inner Lands (2012)
- The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin (2016, contains the stories from Where on Earth and Outer Space, Inner Lands )
- Short stories
April in Paris (1962)
- German: April in Paris. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
The Masters (1963)
- German: The Masters. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
Darkness Box (1963)
- English: A box full of darkness. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
- Selection (1964)
- Dragon of Pendor (1968)
- From The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
- The Question of Sex (1969, from The Left Hand of Darkness )
- Nine Lives (1969)
Things (1970, also called The End )
- German: things. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
The Good Trip (1970)
- German: The good trip. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
A Trip to the Head (1970)
- German: journey into memory. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
- Orr's Dreams (1971, from The Lathe of Heaven )
Direction of the Road (1973)
- German: Wegrichtung. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
The Field of Vision (1973)
- German: Sehbereich. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1973)
- English: Turn your back on the omelas. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
- The Ursula Major Construct: or, A Far Greater Horror Loomed (1973)
The Author of the Acacia Seeds and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics (1974)
- German: The author of the acacia seeds and other excerpts from the "Journal of the Society for Therolinguistics". In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
The Stars Below (1974)
- German: The stars below. In: The twelve lines of the wind rose . 1980.
- German: Intercom. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
Schrödinger's Cat (1974)
- German: Schrödinger's cat. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
The New Atlantis (1975)
- German: The new Atlantis. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
- Desperadoes of the Galactic Union (1975)
- German: Labyrinthe. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
- No Use to Talk to Me (1976)
- Solomon Leviathan's Nine Hundred and Thirty-First Trip Around the World (1976)
The Eye Altering (1976)
- German: The change of the eye. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
The Water Is Wide (1976)
- German: The water is big. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
Gwilan's Harp (1977)
- German: Gwilan's harp. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
The First Report of the Shipwrecked Foreigner to the Kadanh of Derb (1978)
- English: The first report of the shipwrecked stranger to the Kadanh von Derb. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
- The Eye Altering (II) (1978)
- German: SQ. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
Malheur County (1979)
- German: Unglücksland. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
The Pathways of Desire (1979)
- German: The Paths of Desire. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
- Leese Webster (1979)
Some Approaches to the Problem of the Shortage of Time (1979)
- German: Some statements on the problem of time constraints. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
The White Donkey (1980)
- English: The white donkey. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
- The Adventure of Cobbler's Rune (1982)
The Phoenix (1982)
- German: The Phoenix. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
The Wife's Story (1982)
- German: The story of the woman. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
Sur: A Summary Report of the Yelcho Expedition to the Antarctic, 1909-1910 (1982)
- German: The Rose of the South. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
Small Change (1982)
- German: Kleingeld. In: The Compass Rose. 1985.
- The Spoons in the Basement (1982)
- The Professor's Houses (1982)
- May's Lion (1983)
- Warriors in the Mist (1983) [only as by Ursula Le Guin]
The Ascent of the North Face (1983)
- German: The ascent of the north face. In: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998.
- King Dog: A Movie for the Mind's Eye (1985)
- She Unnames Them (1985)
- Horse Camp (1986)
- Daddy's Big Girl (1987)
- Half Past Four (1987)
Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight (1987)
- English: Buffalo girls, won't you come out tonight ?. Translated by Thomasschichtel. In: Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling (ed.): The new book of fantasy. Bastei Lübbe Paperback # 28191, 1990, ISBN 3-404-28191-8 . Another translation by Hilde Linnert: "Hey, buffalo girl, aren't you coming out tonight?" In: Wolfgang Jeschke (Ed.): Heyne Science Fiction Jahresband 1990. Heyne SF&F # 4650, 1990, ISBN 3-453-03923-8 .
- A Visit from Dr. Katz (1988)
- Kore 87 (1988, also as A Child Bride )
- Limberlost (1989)
- The Second Report of the Shipwrecked Foreigner to the Kadanh of Derb (1989)
- Fire and Stone (1989)
The Kerastion (1990)
- German: Das Kerastion. In: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998.
- The Creatures on My Mind (1990)
- Pandora Worries About What She is Doing: The Pattern (1991)
Newton's Sleep (1991)
- German: Newton's sleep. In: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998.
- Climbing to the Moon (1992)
- Findings (1992)
The First Contact with the Gorgonids (1992)
- German: First contact with the Gorgonids. In: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998.
- Standing Ground (1992)
- A Ride on the Red Mare's Back (1992)
- Fish Soup (1992)
The Rock That Changed Things (1992)
- German: The stone that changed everything. In: A fisherman of the inland sea. 1998.
- The Poacher (1993)
- Along the River (1993)
- In the Drought (1994)
- Sunday in Summer in Seatown (1995)
- Ether OR (1995)
- Olders (1995)
- Ruby on the 67 (1996)
- The Wise Woman (1996)
- The Lost Children (1996)
- The Island of the Immortals (1998)
- The Silence of the Asonu (1998)
- The Royals of Hegn (2000)
- The Birthday of the World (2000)
- The Flyers of Gy: An Interplanetary Tale (2000)
- The Building (2001)
Paradises Lost (2002)
- German: Lost Paradises. Atlantis, 2014, ISBN 978-3-86402-161-9 .
- The Wild Girls (2002)
- Tom mouse (2002)
- The Seasons of the Ansarac (2002)
- Social Dreaming of the Frin (2002)
- Confusions of Uñi (2003)
- Feeling at Home with the Hennebet (2003)
- Great Joy (2003)
- Porridge on Islac (2003)
- Sita Dulip's Method (2003)
- The Irish of the Veksi (2003)
- The Nna Mmoy Language (2003)
- Wake Island (2003)
- Woeful Tales from Mahigul (2003)
- LADeDeDa (2009, with Vonda N. McIntyre)
- Elementals (2013)
- The Jar of Water (2014)
- Leese Webster (1979)
- A Visit from Dr. Katz (1988)
- Fire and Stone (1989)
- Fish Soup (1992)
- A Ride on the Red Mare's Back (1992)
- Tom mouse (2002)
Catwings (children's book series)
- Catwings (1988)
- Catwings Return (1989)
- Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (1994)
- Jane on her Own (1999)
- Tales of the Catwings (1996)
- More Tales of the Catwings (2000)
Adventures in Kroy (children's book series)
- The Adventures of Cobbler's Rune (1982)
- Solomon Leviathan's Nine-Hundred and Thirty-First Trip Around the World (1983)
- Hard Words: And Other Poems (1981)
- In the Red Zone (1983)
- Wild Oats and Fireweed: New Poems (1987)
- Going Out With Peacocks: And Other Poems (1994)
- Blue Moon over Thurman Street (1993, with photographs by Roger Dorband )
- Sixty Odd: New Poems (1999)
- Incredible Good Fortune: New Poems (2006)
- Laozi : Tao Te Ching (1997)
- The Twins, The Dream / Las Gemelas, El Sueno (1997, with Diana Bellessi )
- Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral (2003)
- Angélica Gorodischer : Kalpa Imperial (2003)
Essays and non-fiction
- From Elfland to Poughkeepsie (1973, essay)
- Dreams Must Explain Themselves (1975, essay)
- The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction (1979)
- Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew (1984)
- Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places (1989, essays and reviews)
- Earthsea Revisioned (1993, essay)
- The Way of the Water's Going: Images of the Northern California Coastal Range (1989)
- The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination (2004)
- Cheek by Jowl: Talks and Essay on How and Why Fantasy Matters (2009)
- Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000–2016 (2016, essays and reviews)
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters (2017)
- German: No time to waste . Golkonda (2018)
- Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018, essays)
- In the beginning there was the bag: Why progress utopias led us to the edge of the abyss and how thinking in curves creates the basis for a good life thinkOya, Lassan 2020, ISBN 978-3-947296-08-8 (three essays, three speeches and a poem).
- Susan M. Bernardo, Graham J. Murphy: Ursula K. Le Guin: A Critical Companion. Greenwood 2006, ISBN 0-313-33225-8 .
- Harold Bloom (Ed.): Ursula K. Le Guin. Chelsea House Publishers, New York 1986, ISBN 0-87754-659-2 .
- Barbara J. Bucknall: Ursula K. Le Guin. Ungar, New York 1981, ISBN 0-8044-2085-8 .
- Elizabeth Cummins: Understanding Ursula K. Le Guin. University of South Carolina Press 1993, ISBN 0-87249-869-7 .
- Laurence Davis: The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed. Lexington Books 2005, ISBN 0-7391-1086-1 .
- Joseph D. Olander, Martin Harry Greenberg: Ursula K. Le Guin. Taplinger, New York 1979, ISBN 0-8008-7943-0 .
- Warren Rochelle: Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin. Liverpool University Press 2001, ISBN 0-85323-876-6 .
- Hendrik Schulthe: Hainish - The unfamiliar worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. Ethnology meets science fiction . Academic publisher Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken 2008, ISBN 978-3-639-01448-8 .
- Peter Seyferth: Utopia, Anarchism and Science Fiction. Ursula K. Le Guin's works from 1962 to 2002 . Lit, Münster 2008, ISBN 978-3-8258-1217-1 .
- Charlotte Spivack: Ursula K. Le Guin. Twayne, Boston 1984, ISBN 0-8057-7393-2 .
- Elizabeth Cummins Cogell: Ursula K. Le Guin: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography. GK Hall, Boston 1983, ISBN 0-8161-8155-1 .
- LW Currey: Bibliographic Checklist of the Works of Ursula K. Le Guin. In: Le Guin: The Language of the Night. Harper Collins, New York 1992, pp. 240-249.
- Heinz Tchachler: Ursula K. LeGuin: The Left Hand Of Darkness. In: Hartmut Heuermann (Ed.): The science fiction novel in Anglo-American literature. Interpretations. Bagel, Düsseldorf 1986, ISBN 3-590-07454-X , pp. 295-314.
- Arno Waschkuhn: Political Utopias. A political theory overview from antiquity to today. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Munich / Vienna 2003 ISBN 3-486-27448-1 , pp. 210-213.
- Usch Kiausch: The fun of tearing down the fences. A conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin. In: Wolfgang Jeschke (Ed.): The Science Fiction Year 1994. Heyne, Munich, ISBN 3-453-07245-6 , pp. 357-364.
- Sascha Mamczak : Utopia can just as well look back or to the side - it can look out! A conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin. In: Sascha Mamczak, Wolfgang Jeschke (Hrsg.): The Science Fiction Year 2008. Heyne, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-453-52436-1 . Pp. 509-523.
- Hans Joachim Alpers , Werner Fuchs , Ronald M. Hahn , Wolfgang Jeschke : Lexicon of Science Fiction Literature. Heyne, Munich 1991, ISBN 3-453-02453-2 , pp. 251-254.
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|SURNAME||Le Guin, Ursula K.|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Le Guin, Ursula Kroeber (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 21, 1929|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berkeley , California , United States|
|DATE OF DEATH||22nd January 2018|
|Place of death||Portland , Oregon|