We profiled Ursula K Le Guin as a sci-fi/ speculative fiction great back in April and we were delighted to hear the news that for the first ever, Le Guin’s Orsinian stories have been collected together in a single volume.
Noted for producing some of the greatest works in the science-fiction/ speculative fiction genre and for pushing boundaries and challenging norms, Le Guin has received recognition for the Library of America, a prestigious publisher, usually reserved for ‘literary writers’. Le Guin, along with her contemporary Philip K Dick, is in fact one of only two science fiction authors ever to be recognised by the publisher.
The rarity of the accolade continues as Le Guin is the only author ever to be published by the Library of America whilst still living.
The Complete Orsinia collects together works written across the decades of Le Guin’s career and all the stories have a common thread in being set in a fictional European country, however they are not all strictly science fiction, blending and blurring genres in typical Le Guin style. Le Guin has suggested that she had input in the decision to publish her lesser known Orsinian works as opposed to the more well known Earthsea or Left Hand of Darkness, as she wished to take advantage of the opportunity ‘her way’. Le Guin is certainly proving that she is still able to make subversive waves in science fiction and speculative fiction publishing and we applaud her!
The Complete Orsinia was published on 6th September 2016 by the Library of America.