Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin was one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century. Of her books, the most frequently recommended on Five Books are A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness.

Below, all the times Ursula Le Guin’s books have been recommended on Five Books.

Books by Ursula Le Guin

Interviews where books by Ursula Le Guin were recommended

The Best Ursula Le Guin Books, recommended by Sherryl Vint

Ursula Le Guin’s most groundbreaking books are considered landmark texts in speculative fiction, exploring themes of colonisation, gender, nationalism and environmentalism through allegorical means. Here, the science fiction scholar Sherryl Vint selects five of the best books by Ursula Le Guin and examines her legacy as one of the great American writers.

The Best Sci Fi Books for Beginners, recommended by Nicholas Whyte

Interested in science fiction, but not sure where to begin? Sceptical of spaceships, but never really given them a chance? We asked Nicholas Whyte, administrator of the World Science Fiction Society’s renowned annual Hugo Awards, to recommend five of the best sci fi books that should appeal to readers new to the genre

Science Fiction Classics, recommended by Adam Roberts

The best sci-fi explores humanity’s anxieties and concerns and is in some sense about the future. But it doesn’t try to predict what’s to come. The literature professor and sci-fi writer recommends five classics of the genre.

Cressida Cowell on Magical Stories for Kids

From wizards to alchemy and fairies to folklore, Cressida Cowell reveals the magical stories that were most important to her as a child (and which she now delights in sharing with her own children), and her own inspirations for writing about magic and magical worlds today.

The best books on Fantasy, recommended by Lev Grossman

We’re living through a golden age for fantasy fiction, says the author of The Magicians. Here, he tells us what makes for a good fantasy novel, and who’s staking out the future not just of fantasy but of fiction as a whole.

The best books on Uncivilisation, recommended by Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth, co-founder of the Dark Mountain project, urges the need for uncivilisation: the process of getting beyond our human assumptions, such as the myth of unfailing linear progress. It is about looking at humanity in the wider context of the whole planet, and the imminent ecological crisis.

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