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Рыбак из Внутриморья (Hainish Cycle)

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Hardcover, 798 pages
Published 2006 by Эксмо-Пресс (first published 1994)
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Guillermo Azuarte

After reading this book, I dont think short stories are the best way for me to get into a new author. It's just such a different beast from a novel; there's little time to get acclimated to a story and a much steeper learning curve. Just when you think you're getting a grasp on it all, its over. It can be merciful when the story's not too good ( The Kerastion ), but painful when its excellent, and it's gone in a blink ( Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Seas ). Im still highly intereste...more
Quite a disparate set of stories in this collection from Le Guin, and actually not what I had vaguely anticipated, which was stories connected to the Earthsea set - and why I thought that I have no idea.


One of the interesting parts about this collection is that it opens with an introduction by Le Guin herself, discussing her attitudes towards some of the stories and I think responding to some criticism from people when they originally appeared in magazines and the like. It also includes...more
Ursula Le Guin is best known for her fantasy and her science fiction writings, though she also writes other fiction as well as poetry, articles and reviews. The short stories in this 1994 collection, while firmly in the SF genre, also demonstrate her ability to compose in various tones, from light to dark, from gentle humour to philosophical musings. Originally published in various periodicals between 1983 and 1994, the narratives are clearly placed in context by an excellent introduction in whi...more
I love the way Ursula Le Guin builds (on) worlds. Some of these stories are about worlds we already know about, if we've read her other work; some of them are almost entirely new. I liked all of them, some more and some less: I particularly liked the opening essay, The Rock That Changed Things, and Another Story. I didn't get the "I'm not smart enough for this" feeling so much with this set of stories, which is good, and I enjoyed the way she writes as much as always, so clear and with wonderful...more
A short collection, but packed with wonderful ideas and imagery. The high points: a thoughtful introduction by the author in which she discusses not only the stories to follow, but also in more depth why she writes science fiction, what she sees as its characteristics, and its role in the literary canon.

Also, the non-Hainish stories are mostly superb. 'The Rock That Changed Things' is a powerful and simple story about prejudice and social change that really works on every level. 'The Ascent Of...more
"The First Contact with the Gorgonids" - Hilarious. That's all I'm saying.
"Newton's Sleep" - I had a hard time figuring out what was going on in this story; I had to read the first few pages a couple of times to figure out where exactly there characters were located. Spoiler alert: they're on a space station. I guess they feel guilty about it or something because the "ghosts" of the people they left behind on the dying earth keep showing up there. The main character can't see them and thinks eve...more
I never know what to expect going into a book of UKL short stories, but I'm always hoping for something from the Hainish cycle. This delivered in spades, in the three final stories, interconnected around the same idea so interestingly that they could make a nice novella. This is the farthest into the future of anything I've read in this universe (though I should point out that the same characters basically never reoccur between stories/books; I only know when a book is set based on references to...more
Sam Thielman
Wow. This is both a really beautifully written book of short stories and, secretly and unpretentiously, a very fine and astute book of feminist literary criticism. Mind you, Le Guin's most delicate points are all articulated subtly and carefully and it's not until you've finished a given story that you realize it's been about, to pick one example, the dangers of failing or refusing to perceive people as they are, rather than as you wish them to be. My favorites in the collection were "The Kerast...more
Miyo Kachi
I think that the short story that this book was named for, the Fisherman of the Inland Sea, is my favorite short story of all time. .. although it is a beautiful story in its own right it also struck me as a seamless contemporary re-working of a well-known Japanese fairy-tale . Reading this somehow helped me get over my sense of being displaced when I first moved to the South ten years ago.. Ursula Le Guin navigates cultures and the movements of the soul with such grace, I am awed.. I am so grat...more
Buck Doyle
Some of the stories I didn't like as much, but the ones at the end more than make up for them. I was blown away by the final three. LeGuin knows how to use settings to reveal nuances of interpersonal dynamics.
I always hate to see reviews of books of short stories which don't give a table of contents. So I'll follow the Golden Rule, and list all the stories as I read them.

The Acknowledgments are simply a description of when and where the stories first appeared.

Introduction: "On Not Reading Science Fiction"--Frequent readers of LeGuin will have read most of these comments before. But because it was tailored to this particular book, it includes background material on each of the stories. It would probab...more
Ryan Patrick
Le Guin's three main stories in the collection deal with the ramifications of instantaneous travel, as opposed to what she calls Nearly As Fast As Light travel. The latter, of course, drawing upon relativity theory, has terrible social consequences, since the time it takes for the traveler to a distant planet is not the same as for those who remain stationary relative to the traveler. Le Guin posits some potential quirks associated with the development of what she calls "churten" technology - in...more
Mutlu Cankay
Bilim kurgu ve fantezinin taçsız kraliçesi Guin'in 8 öyküsünün toplandığı kitabı. Girişte Guin'in "Bilimkurgu Okumamak Üzerine" adlı kısa bir eleştirisinin bulunduğunu belirtmeliyim ki sadece bu kısa yazı için bile alınıp okunabilir. Bu eleştiride Guin steril bilim kurgu yazarlarına ve diğer ekolleri yücelten eleştirmenlere iki çift laf etmiş. Baltayı gömdüğünü ama yerini unutmadığını görebiliyoruz bu yazıda.

Her ne kadar Guin "altında bir mana yok bunlar öykü sadece" dese de tanıtmak için bahset...more
If you only read 4 of the stories, here's the ones I loved best and why:

1. "Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" - what others said here says it better than I can. Lovely. Finished this one with tears in my eyes, the good kind. In addition to what others have said, there are some absolutely beautiful, open-hearted metaphors here for polygamy and bisexuality.

2. "Dancing to Ganam" - very compelling narrative about perception of reality with some really pleasurable constructed language i...more
For those of you familiar with Ursula K. Le Guin’s Science Fiction works, her return to Gethen and Hainish characters is both comforting and intriguing. But not all of the stories in A Fisherman of the Inland Sea do this; of eight total stories, five do not. The collection opens with an introduction by Le Guin on Science Fiction and its appeal (or lack of) to those who don’t--or choose not to--read in the genre. Among other things, Le Guin defends Science Fiction with a humanist approach, contra...more
Deborah O'Carroll
I'm on a quest for good short stories, and so far that quest has been an epic failure.

Half the stories in this book I give 1 star; the other half, 2 stars (which I suppose averages out to 1.5). I'm not entirely sorry I read these (well... some of them) but they were on the most part too weird for me.

I must admit these were striking stories, and original, I suppose, and I believe many people would probably like them, but I personally did not. Perhaps partly because there were some I did not "get...more
While reading this book the first time, I put it down after "The Shobies Story" and sighed with pleasure...my husband heard me and asked "what's that about?" I told him that I had just finished the MOST...AMAZING...SCIENCE...FICTION...SHORT...STORY...EVER! At that point I still hadn't finished the book...Simply the BEST sci-fi short story collection I've ever read. I haven't updated my status on this because I have re-read and savored the entire thing about 4 times since starting. It's like bein...more
Ben Kruskal
A collection of disparate stories. Several are elaborate jokes. The Kerastion is an interesting cultural speculation. But the three stories at the end are connected to the Hainish universe (Left Hand of Darkness, Dispossessed, and more) and are very interesting, connected to each other. My favorite was the title story which explores the world of O which she describes in other stories in other books with a fascinating culture.
Susan Henn
4/2014 Le Guin often falls more on the sociology side of sic-fiction than on the science side. This collection of short stories is far on the sociology end of the spectrum. Le Guin tells a good tale, but these stories weren't her best. I suspect they were unpublished early works.
This is a beautiful collection of short science fiction stories. While I did not 'like' every one of the stories, Le Guin's writing ability, her ideas and her characters, are both thought-provoking and entertaining. And, thankfully, she is able to create complex worlds without giving us an information dump and expecting everyone to take a quiz at the end of the book.

My favorite in the collection is actually 'The Rock that Changed Things,' which is set in more of a fantasy world than the more typ...more
I've liked Ursula K. LeGuin for decades. This is a collection of short stories. I hesitate to call them science fiction, although they are definitely of the genre. I think they are more of a sociological experiment, using science fiction as the template to explore alternate societies. Many, but not all, of the stories are linked and are set sequentially. The best thing about LeGuin's writing is she always makes the reader think. If you are the kind of SciFi fan who likes straight forward adventu...more
This is the 16th book I've read by Ursula Le Guin, and I'm not sure how I will feel when I've read all of her published works. She is so prolific that it will be a while until that day comes, thankfully.

This is a beautiful collection of short stories--Le Guin remains my favorite author.
mixed feelings. I was not as keen on the series of stories at the end, which all evolved from a single "universe" mostly because I couldn't place the characters in my reality. The gung-ho admiral guy was the only relatable figure and he was an asshole.
Aliesha Peterson
LeGuin is challenging. She makes up words and uses them in context, not always defining. I'm unsure how to pronounce things. She unsettles me at the level of vocabulary and then proceeds to unsettle everything else.

And it never fails. Once fully immersed in LeGuin's worlds, the re-entry into my own is difficult. I'm left parsing the last sentence I read, whether trying to keep it fresh for my next excursion or trying to apply this-world logic to help me understand, I'm never sure.
Dana McCallum
The first 80 pages are a collection of sketches and short stories, all good, and some pretty funny. The remaining 120 pages are a set of three loosely connected stories based on "churten theory," a means of traveling any distance instantaneously without suffering the effects of time dilation. In all three pieces, the theory is still being developed and the technology is poorly understood; the effect it has on the researchers who volunteer to test it are nothing short of eerie (and, in the third...more
leguin yazdıysa iki ihtimal var: ya çok iyidir ya da inanılmazdır. bu çok iyi olanlardan.
I have read very little of LeGuin's books and did not expect to be almost overwhelmed. Her writing is very intense - I found myself having to reread pages to make sure I had caught all of the imagery and wonder of her tales. Maybe not the best choice for a vacation read, although I do enjoy thinking about the tales she tells. This is one I will keep to read again, just to see what I can take from it the next time.
I love LeGuin, and enjoyed this collection. It's nice to have more Hainish stories, and I love when she does a series of stories that work together.

I give it a high 3 just because I've read so many of her books and loved some more.

A Favorite quote:
"Again she smiled, and I felt her warmth, the solar generosity of a woman in the prime of life, married, settled, rich in her work and being."
Sometimes I love Le Guin's books, sometimes not so much. Once I started reading this one, I remembered that I had read it before, but not all the details (for instance, did I like it or not?). The book has a great title, and the story of the same name is an excellent end to this collection of stories. It relates directly to the two stories preceding it, and all three are stellar.
Reread November 2012. Another Le Guin short story collection. The best work here are the three concluding stories set in the Hainish universe, all of which deal with churten theory. The title story is really very fine and lovely. The other stories, while entertaining (because of course they're by Le Guin), are really just filler. I only recommend this volume to Le Guin fans.
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As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming...more
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