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Рыбак из Внутриморья (Hainish Cycle)

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История "шобиков"

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Еще одна история, или Рыбак из Внутриморья
Hardcover, 798 pages
Published 2006 by Эксмо-Пресс (first published 1994)
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Chris
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
Guillermo

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
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Miyo Kachi
Sep 26, 2011 Miyo Kachi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alexandra
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.

Anyway.

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
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Iain
Dec 03, 2012 Iain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collections
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
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Emily
Feb 23, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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martha
Jul 24, 2012 martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre, short-stories, 2012
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
Nikki
Jan 18, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellen
Sep 09, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ursula K Le Guin seems to have (at least) two distinct writing styles. She can adopt the form of a folk tale or legend, and does so in quite a few of her short stories. When she slips into this more mythical format the characters are symbolic in nature; their personality not examined to a great extent, and there is often a clear moral (or clear intention to provoke though in the reader) or concise narrative arc.

Her second style is a more detailed and ‘fiction’-like style, in which characters hav
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Valerie
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
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Erika
Aug 01, 2009 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam Thielman
Apr 10, 2013 Sam Thielman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan DeFreitas
Apr 21, 2015 Susan DeFreitas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories with a big impact. So many of these stories will stay with me, I know, for a long time: the tale of the first people to leave Earth for life in space--and what it does to their minds; the tale of the first people to travel faster than light, and the ways this skews their perceptions--or perhaps the nature of reality itself; the account of a great ambassador of the Ekumen, highly trained in planetary anthropology, who nevertheless makes the fatal error of interpretin ...more
ScoLgo
Additional explorations of Le Guin's Hainish universe along with a few other short story jewels. The Hainish tales contained in this collection revolve around development of 'Churten Theory', a new physics discovery that allows instantaneous travel between the stars, (in previous Hainish stories, Le Guin had come up with the 'ansible'; a device that allowed instant communications).

The effects on the individuals using this means of travel - and not the mechanics of the theory itself - is where Le
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Steve
Feb 14, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of LeGuin's work is considered science fiction. Certainly all of the stories in this book take place off planet earth. But these stories are not Star Warsesque adventures with good guys, bad guys, guns, and lots of action. The truly interesting aspects of her work are, I think, the completely original cultural aspects she creates for her characters. Her characters live in a sharing, communal society, or have family structures include 3 or 4 individuals, or her alien societies are composed o ...more
Jen
Sep 21, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find that when it comes to a short story, I like them to be simple. If I'm wanting a bite sized adventure I want it to be just that -- something I can finish quickly in one short sitting, without having to slug through a lot of prologue and world building. If I want something more challenging, or more in depth, I'll grab a novel. In the case of these 8 shorts by Ursula Le Guin, I found myself enjoying "The First Contact with the Gorgonids," and "The Rock That Changed Things," but got lost in t ...more
Laurel
Nov 15, 2015 Laurel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I read the short story by this name, not the compilation of short stories.

This story is, so far, the least liked of my reads from The Time Traveller’s Almanac. I had a relatively good idea this would be the case going in, but I decided to keep an open mind and read the whole story.

I really did like the concept of churtening – instant transportation from one place to another. The explanation and experimentation surrounding it was good, and kept my attention. I also enjoyed the story of Urashima.
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Wendle
The Rock The Changed Things was the first story i really loved in this collection. It stayed with me for days after i read it. As well as loving words, i am a very visual person. The idea of coloured rocks forming patterns used for expression and communication that was completely missed by more “intellectual” people, and what that expression brought about was wonderful.

It was the last three stories, The Shobies’ Story, Dancing to Ganam, and A Fisherman of the Inland Sea that truly stood out as t
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Katie
I read this a few years ago back when all I was reading was short story collections and Ursula Le Guin, and this book feel right at the intersection of the best of both of them. These are some of the best sci-fi short stories I've ever read, and they showcase a huge range of diversity in terms of their focus: some focus on plot (as much as a short story can), some on characterization, some on worldbuilding, some on exploring the assumptions behind the hypothetical technology used in sci-fi that ...more
Buck Doyle
Nov 01, 2007 Buck Doyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim
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
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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
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Kendra
May 25, 2011 Kendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jul 19, 2014 Ben Kruskal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2014 Susan Henn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
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.
Karen
A collection of science fiction short stories. Quite broad in feeling, but still connected to each other to form a coherent series. I liked the last story best, which shares its title with the volume. Didn't know Ursula K. Le Guin was the one who "invented" the ansible...
James Joseph Brown
Le Guin at her best. Prose that is woven so expertly it has a hypnotizing effect. Stories so immersive the reader forgets they are not light years away inhabiting the distant yet eerily accessible worlds so vividly rendered in this collection.
Timothy Volpert
Feb 18, 2015 Timothy Volpert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really really good! I am sad that I've waited this long to read Le Guin, but glad I finally got around to it. The last three stories in this collection especially were incredibly moving on an emotional level, and at the same time thought-provoking on a scientific level. I will definitely be reading more of her work.
Mark Bringman
Apparently I'm on a Le Guin kick, which is a good kick to be on. These are more in depth stories - I wasn't in the place for that, hence the three stars. But as always, interesting ideas taken to logical conclusions. I'd recommend.
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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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