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Named for the anarchist utopia in Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction classic The Dispossessed, Dispatches from Anarres embodies the anarchic spirit of Le Guin’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, while paying tribute to her enduring vision. In stories that range from fantasy to sci fi to realism, some of Portland's most vital voices have come together to celebrate Le Guin’s las Named for the anarchist utopia in Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction classic The Dispossessed, Dispatches from Anarres embodies the anarchic spirit of Le Guin’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, while paying tribute to her enduring vision. In stories that range from fantasy to sci fi to realism, some of Portland's most vital voices have come together to celebrate Le Guin’s lasting legacy and influence on that most subversive of human faculties: the imagination. Fonda Lee’s “Old Souls” explores the role of violence and redemption across time and space; Rachael K. Jones’s “The Night Bazaar for Women Turning into Reptiles” touches on gender oppression and a woman’s right to choose; Molly Gloss’s “Wenonah’s Gift” imagines coming-of-age in a post-collapse culture determined to avoid past wrongs; and Lidia Yuknavitch’s “Neuron” reveals that fairy tales may, in fact, be the best way to understand the paradoxes of science. Other contributors include Curtis Chen, Kesha Ajọsẹ-Fisher, Juhea Kim, Tina Connolly, David D. Levine, Leni Zumas, Rene Denfeld, and Michelle Ruiz Keil, with a foreword by David Naimon, co-author (with Le Guin) of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing.


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Named for the anarchist utopia in Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction classic The Dispossessed, Dispatches from Anarres embodies the anarchic spirit of Le Guin’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, while paying tribute to her enduring vision. In stories that range from fantasy to sci fi to realism, some of Portland's most vital voices have come together to celebrate Le Guin’s las Named for the anarchist utopia in Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction classic The Dispossessed, Dispatches from Anarres embodies the anarchic spirit of Le Guin’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, while paying tribute to her enduring vision. In stories that range from fantasy to sci fi to realism, some of Portland's most vital voices have come together to celebrate Le Guin’s lasting legacy and influence on that most subversive of human faculties: the imagination. Fonda Lee’s “Old Souls” explores the role of violence and redemption across time and space; Rachael K. Jones’s “The Night Bazaar for Women Turning into Reptiles” touches on gender oppression and a woman’s right to choose; Molly Gloss’s “Wenonah’s Gift” imagines coming-of-age in a post-collapse culture determined to avoid past wrongs; and Lidia Yuknavitch’s “Neuron” reveals that fairy tales may, in fact, be the best way to understand the paradoxes of science. Other contributors include Curtis Chen, Kesha Ajọsẹ-Fisher, Juhea Kim, Tina Connolly, David D. Levine, Leni Zumas, Rene Denfeld, and Michelle Ruiz Keil, with a foreword by David Naimon, co-author (with Le Guin) of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing.

41 review for Dispatches from Anarres: Tales in Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

  1. 4 out of 5

    Doug Chase

    Dispatches from Anarres is why I read. This remarkable anthology of short stories in tribute to Ursula K. LeGuin is filled with thoughtful, heartbreaking, funny tales. Some will remind you of LeGuin and others of her spirit. I found myself pausing to think and breathe after many of the stories. This book is both readable and deep.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Potter

    Such a wonderful collection of Le Guin-esque stories. Some are gloriously weird, others seem close enough to home to touch, and still more are fantastically magical. All of them will give you pause to reflect on just how far Ursula's influence has reached--and will still reach. Such a wonderful collection of Le Guin-esque stories. Some are gloriously weird, others seem close enough to home to touch, and still more are fantastically magical. All of them will give you pause to reflect on just how far Ursula's influence has reached--and will still reach.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dan Trefethen

    These are short stories in tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin. Some of them play with the concepts she created, others try to emulate her writing style. Nobody wrote quite like her. Having said that, I think some of the more successful tributes are Jessie Kwak's story 'Black as Thread', Arwen Spicer's 'Let It Die', and Nicole Rosevear's 'Each Cool Silver Orb a Gift'. Honorary mention goes to Gigi Little and Jason LaPier for writing stories about insects that echo Le Guin's stories of animals, especiall These are short stories in tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin. Some of them play with the concepts she created, others try to emulate her writing style. Nobody wrote quite like her. Having said that, I think some of the more successful tributes are Jessie Kwak's story 'Black as Thread', Arwen Spicer's 'Let It Die', and Nicole Rosevear's 'Each Cool Silver Orb a Gift'. Honorary mention goes to Gigi Little and Jason LaPier for writing stories about insects that echo Le Guin's stories of animals, especially 'The Author of the Acacia Seeds'. Finally, there are three short tall tales about two brothers named Ib and Nib, by Stevan Allred, which I think Ursula would have enjoyed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen Eisenbrey

    Having loved the fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin since I was in junior high, I eagerly anticipated this tribute anthology from the moment I learned about it on social media. What better way to honor a great storyteller than with stories? I’m happy to report this diverse collection does not disappoint! With each story, whether fantasy, science fiction, or realistic, I had a sense of dropping instantly into a fully formed world. Covering the spectrum of speculative fiction, these stories are filled w Having loved the fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin since I was in junior high, I eagerly anticipated this tribute anthology from the moment I learned about it on social media. What better way to honor a great storyteller than with stories? I’m happy to report this diverse collection does not disappoint! With each story, whether fantasy, science fiction, or realistic, I had a sense of dropping instantly into a fully formed world. Covering the spectrum of speculative fiction, these stories are filled with humor, heartbreak, adventure—the whole human and nonhuman experience. Highly recommended for Le Guin fans, especially those who want to feel her influence radiating through the work of contemporary authors; and for anyone who wants to sample a wide variety of excellent writing in the realms of fantasy and science fiction.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tbfrank

    Dispatches from Anarres is a collection of short fiction written in homage to celebrated author Ursula K. Le Guin. Thirty-one selections by twenty-nine different authors (one penned three which served as interludes) are included. All vary in style and setting but the influence of Ms. Le Guin is apparent in each one. These stories, as with her body of work, are meant to challenge the reader to think about the questions raised and to appreciate and have compassion for the lives of others.

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