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* ''Literature/TheDispossessed''



* Literature/{{Hainish}} 'verse
** ''Literature/TheDispossessed''
** ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''



* ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''



* AfterTheEnd: "Solitude" takes place on the planet Eleven-Soro, well after a societal collapse, the cause of which is never exactly spelled out but which is implied to have been due largely to massive overpopulation.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: In the Hainish Cycle, first contact teams are often sent to rather primitive planets, and many such civilizations are incorporated in the interstellar civilization -- since it believes that even non-technological races have a lot to contribute (arts or philosophy). However, there is an embargo on teaching technology without authorization by the government. ''Planet of Exile'' demonstrates the point when a human is wounded by an enemy dart, and must be careful, since while the natives use no poisons, the Earth LostColony does, and the used darts are sometimes fired back.
* AlternativeCalendar:
** In ''Planet of Exile'', Werel has a 400 days' lunar cycle and a solar cycle of 60 moonphases. Year, lifetime, what difference?
** In ''Rocannon's World'', Rokanan has years twice the length of an earth year (or, rather, the standard year used by the League of Worlds). Some regions use two twelve-month (or however many they have) cycles to make up a full year.



* DarkSkinnedBlond: The Angyar of Rokanan are an entire race/culture of these.
* {{Epigraph}}: ''The Telling'' begins with a line from ''Literature/TheMahabharata''.
* EveryoneIsBi: The story collection ''A Fisherman of the Inland Sea'' deals with attempts at instantaneous space travel. The final story, "Another Story or a Fisherman of the Inland Sea", introduces the traditional culture of Planet O where pretty much everyone has to be bi for a successful marriage. Marriage is not between two people but four, two men and two women--a man and woman of the Morning moiety and an Evening man and woman. The Morning woman and Evening man, the Evening woman and Morning man, the Morning woman and Evening woman, and the Morning man and Evening man all have sex with each other, meaning every partner in the marriage has a husband and wife from the opposite moiety. (Sex within the moiety is forbidden, so the Morning man/woman and Evening man/woman in the marriage are strictly platonic.) The protagonist's mother, a Terran woman of Japanese descent, married in this way to be with the man she loves but finds it strange many years into the marriage, even though she is on good terms with her wife in the marriage.
* FantasticSlurs: In "The Word for World Is Forest", the human slur for the Athsheans is "creechies".
* FasterThanLightTravel: In the ''Hainish Cycle'' novels, while faster-than-light communication is possible with the SubspaceAnsible, faster-than-light travel is fatal to humans, so all travel between stars is done with NAFAL ("nearly-as-fast-as-light") ships. The principle on which these work is not described in detail -- presumably traveling "nearly" as fast as light would still require some AppliedPhlebotinum. The time dilation resulting from the speeds NAFAL ships achieve serves to underscore just how distanced the traveler becomes from their home -- while to them the trip might have taken mere hours, anywhere from decades to centuries would have passed on their home planet, all their friends would have aged and died, and so on. And you need to get outside the system before activating the drive, unless you want the sun to explode. However, in three later short stories set in the same universe as the Hainish Cycle, Le Guin describes the development of practical faster-than-light ships, based on the principles of the Ansible. She focuses on the impact their appearance has on society and individual lives.



* FusionDance: In ''City of Illusions'', two minds who have lived sequentially in the same body (after one was erased and the other grew in its place, then the first one was restored) end up in joint control. Since their enemies have told a different story to each of them, they are able to see through the lies by working together.
* GaiasLament: Earth is described in the Hainish Cycle as having been reduced to a less-than-stellar state of existence. Although ''The Telling'' doesn't take place on Earth, the main character is a Terran, and through her we learn that in her time, Earth was both an ecological and social mess. ''The Word for World is Forest'' has humans stripping the peaceful forested planet Athshe of its valuable wood, having mined the Earth into barrenness.



* GeniusLoci: ''Vaster than Empires and More Slow''. One planet, one forest, one mind.
* GoingNative: In "Solitude", Ren, the daughter of a Hainish anthropologist doing fieldwork on the planet Eleven-Soro, goes spectacularly native after living for years in Sorovian society, [[AfterTheEnd such as it is]]. She chooses to remain there when her mother and brother return to Hain, even though the slow pace of interstellar travel means that means she'll never see them again.
* {{Hobbits}}:
** The Fiia of ''Rocannon's World'' are a small child-like race that just wants to enjoy a simple communal life free of care and fear.
** The Athsheans of ''The Word for World is Forest'' are also something like this (they are described as looking rather like Ewoks, only green). They're a peaceful bunch until [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]] turn up.
* HollywoodAutism: The unpleasant Osden in "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" is identified as "the only cured case of Render's Syndrome" (a ShoutOut to Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/HeWhoShapes''), which is supposed to be a form of autism. This leads to the exchange "Cured?" "Yes, he is certainly not autistic."



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: ''The Word for World is Forest'' features humans descending upon the forested planet of Athshe, harvesting the valuable lumber and terrorizing and enslaving the native inhabitants.



* HumanSubspecies: In the Hainish Cycle, all the humanoid races are from planets colonized by the Hainish. Including Earth humans. Despite a common ancestry, they don't all look like us. For example, the Cetians are hairier, the Athsheans are green (fairy green, not Martian green) and diminutive, and the Gethenians are completely genderless except for a period each month when they develop male and female sexual organs to mate.



* KingBobTheNth: "Winter's King" features King Argaven XVII of Karhide, latest of a dynasty that has lasted 700 years or so. Every king of the dynasty has been either King Argaven or King Emran.
* LadyLand:
** "The Matter of Seggri" takes place on a planet where, due to unexplained genetic circumstances, there are sixteen adult women for every adult man. The result is a society in which women run everything, and men are made to live isolated from wider society in "castles". They're seen primarily as sources of sex and entertainment, and mentally unfit for education or participation in society.
** "Solitude" features a planet after a huge population crash. There is very little civilization at all, but the women live in semi-villages called "auntrings" and the men live as scattered hermits.
* LanguageOfTruth: Telepathy works this way in the Hainish novels. The only exception is an alien race named Shing (the aliens in ''City of Illusions''). Apparently, they used that ability to overthrow TheFederation and take over... until a thousand or so years later, they were defeated by a race which was capable of detecting their lies.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" takes its title from Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: Rokanan from ''Rocannon's World''. As a result of some ancient genetic experiments it has five distinct species of HumanoidAliens (some of which are also split into subraces, with rampant FantasticRacism) and lots of species of non-humanoid aliens. Midway through the book the Earthling hero refuses to hunt since he may kill someone who can talk, though locals aren't that picky.
* LostColony: In the Hainish sequence, Earth (and probably Gethen, too) were lost colonies of the oldest known inhabited world, Hain. Both may have started off as rather ethically suspect experiments, although the Hainish are very ethical by the time of the series. It's subtly implied that all the inhabited worlds may be Hainish in origin.



* LowCultureHighTech: In ''Rocannon's World'', the protagonist is attacked and captured by barbarians: savage, primitive nomads who wield explosive heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles. The dissonance is justified because the nomads are being covertly supplied by TheEmpire.



* {{Matriarchy}}: The entire planet Seggri in "The Matter of Seggri". There are about sixteen adult women for every adult man, and the women treat men (who are made to live apart from larger society) variously as intellectually lacking sex objects or "treasures" to be coddled and patronized. Men are seen as more emotional than women and unable to use logic and rational thinking, whereas women are seen as pragmatic and rational.



* MonochromaticEyes:
** In ''City of Illusions'', Falk has yellow irises that fill the whole visible part of his eyes, indicating that [[spoiler:he comes from another planet]].
** In ''Four Ways to Forgiveness'', Havzhiva, a Hainishman, is practically the only person on Yeowe whose eyes ''aren't'' monochromatic.



* {{Neologism}}: The word "ansible" was coined by Ursula K. Le Guin, and has since been appropriated by a great deal of science fiction for any device which allows faster-than-light communication. (Supposedly it was a corruption of the term "answerable".)
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: In the Hainish novels, characters from one planet frequently live on other planets, sometimes for years at a time (Old Music, a Hainishman, on Werel in several short stories, among others). May be justified given that all of the people involved evolved from a common race, the Hainish, and so may have sufficiently similar biology to be able to eat one another's foods without complication.
* NumberedHomeworld:
** Eleven-Soro, which features in "Solitude".
** The setting of ''Rocannon's World'' was known as Fomalhaut II before being renamed [[spoiler:Rokanan]].
* OneGenderRace: "The Matter of Seggri" deals with a planet where males are a rarity, with something like 12 females for every one male. The story is specifically about the anthropological ramifications of having a species like that, and how it affects the planet. It is written like a study.



* {{Panspermia}}: In the Hainish Cycle, all the humanoid races are from planets colonized by the Hainish. Including Earth humans.
* PlanetaryRomance: ''Rocannon's World''.



* {{Precursors}}: The Hain are precursors who created humanoid life forms on many worlds (including Earth), but they are still around and still a dominant species in interstellar society.



* SingleBiomePlanet: While the title of ''The Word For World Is Forest'' would lead one to expect Athshe to be a Forest Planet, it's mostly an Ocean Planet. The only land is an comparatively small archipelago covered in forest. While the native name "Athshe" means "Forest", its colonial name "New Tahiti" reflects its nature as an Ocean Planet dotted with a few islands.



* SplitPersonalityMerge: This happens to the main character at the end of ''City of Illusions''.
* StandardTimeUnits: The Ekumen has a nominal standard year for recordkeeping, but due to the difficulty of interstellar travel most worlds use idiosyncratic calendars based on the local year.
* TerraDeforming: "The Word For World Is Forest".



* TheVerse: The Hainish Universe.
* WetwareBody: ''City of Illusions'' features a society which considers this a proper use for mentally inferior people.



* YearOutsideHourInside: "Semley's Necklace", incorporated into the novel ''Rocannon's World'': Semley goes on a quest to recover the lost heirloom of the title, meeting a group of dwarf-like creatures who promise to help her get it back. What she doesn't realise is that they've taken it to another planet, eight light-years away, and thanks to relativity, what seems like a short trip to her is actually 16 years.
28th Aug '17 11:42:46 PM PaulA
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!!Other works by Ursula K. Le Guin contain examples of:

* AfterTheEnd: "Solitude" takes place on the planet Eleven-Soro, well after a societal collapse, the cause of which is never exactly spelled out but which is implied to have been due largely to massive overpopulation.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: In the Hainish Cycle, first contact teams are often sent to rather primitive planets, and many such civilizations are incorporated in the interstellar civilization -- since it believes that even non-technological races have a lot to contribute (arts or philosophy). However, there is an embargo on teaching technology without authorization by the government. ''Planet of Exile'' demonstrates the point when a human is wounded by an enemy dart, and must be careful, since while the natives use no poisons, the Earth LostColony does, and the used darts are sometimes fired back.
* AlternativeCalendar:
** In ''Planet of Exile'', Werel has a 400 days' lunar cycle and a solar cycle of 60 moonphases. Year, lifetime, what difference?
** In ''Rocannon's World'', Rokanan has years twice the length of an earth year (or, rather, the standard year used by the League of Worlds). Some regions use two twelve-month (or however many they have) cycles to make up a full year.
* TheAlternet: The City of Mind in ''Always Coming Home'' (1985).
* AngstySurvivingTwin: "Nine Lives" takes this to an extreme when [[spoiler:one of ten clones is the only survivor]].
* AwesomeButImpractical: ''Always Coming Home'' features a post-industrial society where most societies manage without advanced technology. One expansionist state decided to look up ancient weapon designs on the Internet (there are [=AIs=] maintaining a version of it -- in a book published in 1985). Since their society has a religion based around condors, they make a few military planes. However, it's a PostPeakOil world, and they find out rather quickly that it's very hard to expand when all the food has been converted into biofuel...
* CallASmeerpARabbit: In "Paradises Lost", the colonists of a new planet (who are just off the generation ship where they've lived for several generations) dub a certain kind of insect a "dog". They know it's not what the word originally referred to, but no-one's ever seen a dog, so no-one cares.
* CityInABottle: "Paradises Lost" is the generation ship take on this, with the twist that the ship isn't stranded. Some of the people on the ship (by the end of the story, a large majority) believe that there's nothing outside the ship and "the journey is all". A minority remember the original purpose of the voyage, which is to explore and possibly colonize a far-flung planet.
* TheConstant: In "April in Paris", the protagonists occupy the same apartment in different centuries. Notre Dame is another Constant.
* CutesyNameTown: "Ether, OR" (1995), about a town that moves from place to place.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: The Angyar of Rokanan are an entire race/culture of these.
* {{Epigraph}}: ''The Telling'' begins with a line from ''Literature/TheMahabharata''.
* EveryoneIsBi: The story collection ''A Fisherman of the Inland Sea'' deals with attempts at instantaneous space travel. The final story, "Another Story or a Fisherman of the Inland Sea", introduces the traditional culture of Planet O where pretty much everyone has to be bi for a successful marriage. Marriage is not between two people but four, two men and two women--a man and woman of the Morning moiety and an Evening man and woman. The Morning woman and Evening man, the Evening woman and Morning man, the Morning woman and Evening woman, and the Morning man and Evening man all have sex with each other, meaning every partner in the marriage has a husband and wife from the opposite moiety. (Sex within the moiety is forbidden, so the Morning man/woman and Evening man/woman in the marriage are strictly platonic.) The protagonist's mother, a Terran woman of Japanese descent, married in this way to be with the man she loves but finds it strange many years into the marriage, even though she is on good terms with her wife in the marriage.
* FantasticSlurs: In "The Word for World Is Forest", the human slur for the Athsheans is "creechies".
* FasterThanLightTravel: In the ''Hainish Cycle'' novels, while faster-than-light communication is possible with the SubspaceAnsible, faster-than-light travel is fatal to humans, so all travel between stars is done with NAFAL ("nearly-as-fast-as-light") ships. The principle on which these work is not described in detail -- presumably traveling "nearly" as fast as light would still require some AppliedPhlebotinum. The time dilation resulting from the speeds NAFAL ships achieve serves to underscore just how distanced the traveler becomes from their home -- while to them the trip might have taken mere hours, anywhere from decades to centuries would have passed on their home planet, all their friends would have aged and died, and so on. And you need to get outside the system before activating the drive, unless you want the sun to explode. However, in three later short stories set in the same universe as the Hainish Cycle, Le Guin describes the development of practical faster-than-light ships, based on the principles of the Ansible. She focuses on the impact their appearance has on society and individual lives.
* FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother: "The Birthday of the World" has a royal family in which the eldest boy and girl siblings marry each other, in the manner of many royal dynasties of the ancient world. Ze, the only daughter, knows she is slated to marry her brother Tazu, but when she is little, she isn't overly pleased about this and expresses a desire to instead marry another of her brothers, Omimo.
* FusionDance: In ''City of Illusions'', two minds who have lived sequentially in the same body (after one was erased and the other grew in its place, then the first one was restored) end up in joint control. Since their enemies have told a different story to each of them, they are able to see through the lies by working together.
* GaiasLament: Earth is described in the Hainish Cycle as having been reduced to a less-than-stellar state of existence. Although ''The Telling'' doesn't take place on Earth, the main character is a Terran, and through her we learn that in her time, Earth was both an ecological and social mess. ''The Word for World is Forest'' has humans stripping the peaceful forested planet Athshe of its valuable wood, having mined the Earth into barrenness.
* GenerationShips: "Paradises Lost" focuses on the generations who grow up on the ship.
* GeniusLoci: ''Vaster than Empires and More Slow''. One planet, one forest, one mind.
* GoingNative: In "Solitude", Ren, the daughter of a Hainish anthropologist doing fieldwork on the planet Eleven-Soro, goes spectacularly native after living for years in Sorovian society, [[AfterTheEnd such as it is]]. She chooses to remain there when her mother and brother return to Hain, even though the slow pace of interstellar travel means that means she'll never see them again.
* {{Hobbits}}:
** The Fiia of ''Rocannon's World'' are a small child-like race that just wants to enjoy a simple communal life free of care and fear.
** The Athsheans of ''The Word for World is Forest'' are also something like this (they are described as looking rather like Ewoks, only green). They're a peaceful bunch until [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]] turn up.
* HollywoodAutism: The unpleasant Osden in "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" is identified as "the only cured case of Render's Syndrome" (a ShoutOut to Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/HeWhoShapes''), which is supposed to be a form of autism. This leads to the exchange "Cured?" "Yes, he is certainly not autistic."
* HumanResources: In "Paradises Lost", when people die their bodies are taken to the "Life Centre" for "recycling". The story takes place on a [[SmallSecludedWorld generation ship]] where all resources must continually be recycled for everyone to survive.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: ''The Word for World is Forest'' features humans descending upon the forested planet of Athshe, harvesting the valuable lumber and terrorizing and enslaving the native inhabitants.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: ''The Birthday of the World'' features several instances of this.
* HumanSubspecies: In the Hainish Cycle, all the humanoid races are from planets colonized by the Hainish. Including Earth humans. Despite a common ancestry, they don't all look like us. For example, the Cetians are hairier, the Athsheans are green (fairy green, not Martian green) and diminutive, and the Gethenians are completely genderless except for a period each month when they develop male and female sexual organs to mate.
* InexplicableCulturalTies: Deconstructed in ''The Pathways of Desire'', where more and more suspicious resemblances to American stereotyped notions of "primitive" tribes turn up in the HumanAliens' culture. In the end [[spoiler:the adolescent fantasies of a boy back on Earth turn out to have [[RealityWarper created the entire planet]]]].
* IWillFindYou: One of the Kesh stories in ''Always Coming Home'' is about a young woman who goes missing. Her boyfriend is desperate to find her again, but it's only a fragment, so we never learn if he does.
* KingBobTheNth: "Winter's King" features King Argaven XVII of Karhide, latest of a dynasty that has lasted 700 years or so. Every king of the dynasty has been either King Argaven or King Emran.
* LadyLand:
** "The Matter of Seggri" takes place on a planet where, due to unexplained genetic circumstances, there are sixteen adult women for every adult man. The result is a society in which women run everything, and men are made to live isolated from wider society in "castles". They're seen primarily as sources of sex and entertainment, and mentally unfit for education or participation in society.
** "Solitude" features a planet after a huge population crash. There is very little civilization at all, but the women live in semi-villages called "auntrings" and the men live as scattered hermits.
* LanguageOfTruth: Telepathy works this way in the Hainish novels. The only exception is an alien race named Shing (the aliens in ''City of Illusions''). Apparently, they used that ability to overthrow TheFederation and take over... until a thousand or so years later, they were defeated by a race which was capable of detecting their lies.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" takes its title from Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: Rokanan from ''Rocannon's World''. As a result of some ancient genetic experiments it has five distinct species of HumanoidAliens (some of which are also split into subraces, with rampant FantasticRacism) and lots of species of non-humanoid aliens. Midway through the book the Earthling hero refuses to hunt since he may kill someone who can talk, though locals aren't that picky.
* LostColony: In the Hainish sequence, Earth (and probably Gethen, too) were lost colonies of the oldest known inhabited world, Hain. Both may have started off as rather ethically suspect experiments, although the Hainish are very ethical by the time of the series. It's subtly implied that all the inhabited worlds may be Hainish in origin.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: In ''Lavinia'', there's a sort of case of Destiny Before First Sight: Lavinia knows by her belief in prophetic visions that she will marry Aeneas even before he arrives in Italy, and knows that this is the right thing to do for the sake of her people; she rather loves Aeneas before meeting him, too, but that's a bonus.
* LowCultureHighTech: In ''Rocannon's World'', the protagonist is attacked and captured by barbarians: savage, primitive nomads who wield explosive heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles. The dissonance is justified because the nomads are being covertly supplied by TheEmpire.
* {{Lunacy}}: "The Wife's Story" is a twist on werewolf tales that involves a transformation on ''moonless'' nights. It's made obvious early on that something even weirder than usual is going on. [[spoiler:[[TomatoSurprise The narrator's a wolf]], and the "monster" transforms into a human.]]
* {{Matriarchy}}: The entire planet Seggri in "The Matter of Seggri". There are about sixteen adult women for every adult man, and the women treat men (who are made to live apart from larger society) variously as intellectually lacking sex objects or "treasures" to be coddled and patronized. Men are seen as more emotional than women and unable to use logic and rational thinking, whereas women are seen as pragmatic and rational.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: Le Guin took many of these on in her essay "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie". The worst, she claimed, was "Ichor", the 'infallible touchstone of the 7th rate'. For the record, "ichor" is properly the blood of angels or gods, not "blood in general" or "any liquid." Le Guin makes a point of noting this.
* MentalPictureProjector: In "The Diary of the Rose", a mind viewer is used against a supposedely insane engineer.
* MonochromaticEyes:
** In ''City of Illusions'', Falk has yellow irises that fill the whole visible part of his eyes, indicating that [[spoiler:he comes from another planet]].
** In ''Four Ways to Forgiveness'', Havzhiva, a Hainishman, is practically the only person on Yeowe whose eyes ''aren't'' monochromatic.
* MundaneDogmatic: "Paradises Lost" has no aliens, no faster-than-light travel, just a slow generation ship full of humans traveling (mostly out of scientific curiosity) towards a distant, possibly habitable planet.
* {{Neologism}}: The word "ansible" was coined by Ursula K. Le Guin, and has since been appropriated by a great deal of science fiction for any device which allows faster-than-light communication. (Supposedly it was a corruption of the term "answerable".)
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: In the Hainish novels, characters from one planet frequently live on other planets, sometimes for years at a time (Old Music, a Hainishman, on Werel in several short stories, among others). May be justified given that all of the people involved evolved from a common race, the Hainish, and so may have sufficiently similar biology to be able to eat one another's foods without complication.
* NumberedHomeworld:
** Eleven-Soro, which features in "Solitude".
** The setting of ''Rocannon's World'' was known as Fomalhaut II before being renamed [[spoiler:Rokanan]].
* OneGenderRace: "The Matter of Seggri" deals with a planet where males are a rarity, with something like 12 females for every one male. The story is specifically about the anthropological ramifications of having a species like that, and how it affects the planet. It is written like a study.
* OppositeSexClone: In "Nine Lives", Earth is in a sorry state, and most people suffer from inborn defects; to remedy the situation, the best people are cloned. Usually the donors are male, since it allows to easily clone both sexes, and mixed-sex groups of clones are proven to function better. The story explores the reaction of normal humans who have to work with a "ten-clone" created from a genius who died young. [[spoiler:And then how the sole survivor reacts to the death of his nine siblings.]] Among other things it's mentioned that clones routinely share sleeping bags and sex seems just as natural for them as breathing.
* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: "Darkness Box" features gryphons used as war animals; they are apparently immortal (or near to it) and bond closely to their owners.
* {{Panspermia}}: In the Hainish Cycle, all the humanoid races are from planets colonized by the Hainish. Including Earth humans.
* PlanetaryRomance: ''Rocannon's World''.
* PostPeakOil: ''Always Coming Home'' features a post-industrial society without oil. Most societies manage without advanced technology, but there are [=AIs=] maintaining a database and a version of Internet (the book was published in 1985!). One expansionist state decided to build a few military planes. Turned out it was AwesomeButImpractical under the circumstances. As in "the empire collapses after a year due to wasting all their food making biofuel".
* {{Precursors}}: The Hain are precursors who created humanoid life forms on many worlds (including Earth), but they are still around and still a dominant species in interstellar society.
* RogueDrone: The surviving clone in "Nine Lives". The story is about his attempt to come to terms with being an individual after the rest of his clones are killed (the clones having been bred and raised as a functional Hive Mind).
* {{Ruritania}}: ''Orsinian Tales'' - The fictional Central European nation Orsinia fits this trope perfectly, covering several centuries of imagined history.
* SanityMeter: "SQ" is a fable about the development of a scientific, accurate method of measuring a person's sanity (the Sanity Quotient score) and the unfortunate effects it has on society.
* ScrewYourself: "Nine Lives" has a set of ten clones, five male and five female, who join some place where there were already two normal people working. When the clones have sex with each other, one of the non-clones says, "Oh, let them have their damned incest!" and the other says, "Incest or masturbation?" (The clone-sex wasn't a major plot point, just a part of showing how the clone-group couldn't relate properly to outsiders.)
* SingleBiomePlanet: While the title of ''The Word For World Is Forest'' would lead one to expect Athshe to be a Forest Planet, it's mostly an Ocean Planet. The only land is an comparatively small archipelago covered in forest. While the native name "Athshe" means "Forest", its colonial name "New Tahiti" reflects its nature as an Ocean Planet dotted with a few islands.
* SingleMindedTwins: "Nine Lives" featured 10 clones who were essentially one being. [[spoiler:When nine of them died in an accident, the survivor considered himself "nine-tenths dead" and nearly lost his will to live.]]
* SolarPunk: ''Always Coming Home'', which is set in a distant and seemingly postapocalyptic future, is written as an ethnography of the Kesh culture, whose agrarian (athough they've got Internet... in a book written in the 1980s) classless society is depicted in sharp contrast with the warlike, stratified, and expansionist Dayao.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: This happens to the main character at the end of ''City of Illusions''.
* StandardTimeUnits: The Ekumen has a nominal standard year for recordkeeping, but due to the difficulty of interstellar travel most worlds use idiosyncratic calendars based on the local year.
* TerraDeforming: "The Word For World Is Forest".
* ThankYourPrey: In ''Always Coming Home'', the Kesh always do this when butchering animals, even if they just mutter it in a perfunctory fashion.
* TomatoSurprise: In "The Wife's Story", which at first looks like a standard werewolf story, [[spoiler:the narrator's husband ''is'' a werewolf -- but the narrator herself is a wolf, appalled when her husband horrifyingly turns into a human.]]
* TheVerse: The Hainish Universe.
* WetwareBody: ''City of Illusions'' features a society which considers this a proper use for mentally inferior people.
* YearInsideHourOutside: In ''The Beginning Place'', heroes Hugh and Irene are able spend a week or so in the Evening Land while only being absent from their usual lives for a single night.
* YearOutsideHourInside: "Semley's Necklace", incorporated into the novel ''Rocannon's World'': Semley goes on a quest to recover the lost heirloom of the title, meeting a group of dwarf-like creatures who promise to help her get it back. What she doesn't realise is that they've taken it to another planet, eight light-years away, and thanks to relativity, what seems like a short trip to her is actually 16 years.
28th Aug '17 8:01:40 PM PaulA
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* [[Literature/{{Earthsea}} The Earthsea novels]]

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** ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''
** ''Literature/TheDispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia''

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** ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''
''The Left Hand of Darkness''
** ''Literature/TheDispossessed: ''The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia''



* Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore

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* Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShoreAnnals of the Western Shore



* "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas"
* ''Literature/TheLatheOfHeaven''

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* "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas"
"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
* ''Literature/TheLatheOfHeaven''''The Lathe of Heaven''



* ''Literature/TheEyeOfTheHeron''

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* ''Literature/TheEyeOfTheHeron''''The Eye of the Heron''



* ''Literature/ChangingPlanes''

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* ''Literature/ChangingPlanes''''Changing Planes''




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!!Works by Ursula K. Le Guin with their own pages:

* ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore'' trilogy
* ''Literature/ChangingPlanes''
* ''Literature/TheDispossessed''
* ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series
* ''Literature/TheEyeOfTheHeron''
* ''Literature/TheLatheOfHeaven''
* ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''
* "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas"
10th Oct '16 10:43:34 AM roxana
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Ursula K. Le Guin is a prolific writer, and is most known for her SpeculativeFiction novels, although she has also written poetry, nonfiction, and young adult novels. Her works often explore cultural, sociological, ecological, or feminist themes; UsefulNotes/{{anarchism}} and UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} also occasionally show up subtly (she is probably the best-known Western Taoist and has both written a commentary on and translated the ''Tao Te Ching'') or, in the case of ''The Dispossessed'', not so subtly (Anarres is an anarcho-communist society; this is a political book but not an {{anvilicious}} one: the subtitle is ''An '''''Ambiguous''''' Utopia'', and a central theme of the work is that Anarres has decayed in the years since its founding due in no small part to ideology and bureaucracy replacing revolutionary fervour). Her works have greatly influenced modern {{Fantasy}} and ScienceFiction authors, with systems, words, and ideas from her works showing up so often that some have become tropes in and of themselves. One of these was her coining of the word [[SubspaceAnsible ansible]], which has appeared in numerous scifi works since.

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Ursula K. Le Guin is a prolific writer, and is most known for her SpeculativeFiction novels, although she has also written poetry, nonfiction, and young adult novels. She is the daughter of a well known anthropologist and it shows in her world building which rejects the standard Eurocentric models. Her works often explore cultural, sociological, ecological, or feminist themes; UsefulNotes/{{anarchism}} and UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} also occasionally show up subtly (she is probably the best-known Western Taoist and has both written a commentary on and translated the ''Tao Te Ching'') or, in the case of ''The Dispossessed'', not so subtly (Anarres is an anarcho-communist society; this is a political book but not an {{anvilicious}} one: the subtitle is ''An '''''Ambiguous''''' Utopia'', and a central theme of the work is that Anarres has decayed in the years since its founding due in no small part to ideology and bureaucracy replacing revolutionary fervour). Her works have greatly influenced modern {{Fantasy}} and ScienceFiction authors, with systems, words, and ideas from her works showing up so often that some have become tropes in and of themselves. One of these was her coining of the word [[SubspaceAnsible ansible]], which has appeared in numerous scifi works since.
4th Sep '16 9:47:03 PM Tre
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Her Earthsea novels have twice been adapted to visual medium. One is the oft-maligned Creator/SciFiChannel miniseries ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'' and the other is the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea.'' Le Guin has made no secret of the fact that she is [[AdaptationDecay not particularly fond of either adaptation]] though she was rather more charitable towards Studio Ghibli. She was herself very keen on a planned adaptation of the first Earthsea book with director Creator/MichaelPowell (of ''The Red Shoes'' and ''Black Narcissus'' fame) a screenplay of which was previously published, and regretted that it never received funding.

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Her Earthsea novels have twice been adapted to visual medium. One is the oft-maligned Creator/SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] miniseries ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'' and the other is the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea.'' Le Guin has made no secret of the fact that she is [[AdaptationDecay not particularly fond of either adaptation]] adaptation]], though she was rather more charitable towards Studio Ghibli. She was herself very keen on a planned adaptation of the first Earthsea book with director Creator/MichaelPowell (of ''The Red Shoes'' and ''Black Narcissus'' fame) a screenplay of which was previously published, and regretted that it never received funding.
27th Jul '16 12:21:17 AM PaulA
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* [[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy The Earthsea novels]]

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* [[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy [[Literature/{{Earthsea}} The Earthsea novels]]
16th Dec '14 3:42:44 PM CassandraLeo
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Ursula K. Le Guin is a prolific writer, and is most known for her SpeculativeFiction novels, although she has also written poetry, nonfiction, and young adult novels. Her works often explore cultural, sociological, ecological, or feminist themes; [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchism anarchism]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/Taoism}} Taoism]] also occasionally show up subtly (she is probably the best-known Western Taoist and has both written a commentary on and translated the ''Tao Te Ching'') or, in the case of ''The Dispossessed'', not so subtly (Anarres is an anarcho-communist society; this is a political book but not an {{anvilicious}} one: the subtitle is ''An '''''Ambiguous''''' Utopia'', and a central theme of the work is that Anarres has decayed in the years since its founding due in no small part to ideology and bureaucracy replacing revolutionary fervour). Her works have greatly influenced modern {{Fantasy}} and ScienceFiction authors, with systems, words, and ideas from her works showing up so often that some have become tropes in and of themselves. One of these was her coining of the word [[SubspaceAnsible ansible]], which has appeared in numerous scifi works since.

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Ursula K. Le Guin is a prolific writer, and is most known for her SpeculativeFiction novels, although she has also written poetry, nonfiction, and young adult novels. Her works often explore cultural, sociological, ecological, or feminist themes; [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchism anarchism]] UsefulNotes/{{anarchism}} and [[{{UsefulNotes/Taoism}} Taoism]] UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} also occasionally show up subtly (she is probably the best-known Western Taoist and has both written a commentary on and translated the ''Tao Te Ching'') or, in the case of ''The Dispossessed'', not so subtly (Anarres is an anarcho-communist society; this is a political book but not an {{anvilicious}} one: the subtitle is ''An '''''Ambiguous''''' Utopia'', and a central theme of the work is that Anarres has decayed in the years since its founding due in no small part to ideology and bureaucracy replacing revolutionary fervour). Her works have greatly influenced modern {{Fantasy}} and ScienceFiction authors, with systems, words, and ideas from her works showing up so often that some have become tropes in and of themselves. One of these was her coining of the word [[SubspaceAnsible ansible]], which has appeared in numerous scifi works since.
23rd May '14 7:16:04 PM eowynjedi
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* Annals of the Western Shore

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* Annals of the Western ShoreLiterature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore
2nd Mar '14 5:51:43 AM PaulA
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Her Earthsea novels have twice been adapted to visual medium. One is the oft-maligned [=SciFi=] channel miniseries and the other is the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea.'' Le Guin has made no secret of the fact that she is [[AdaptationDecay not particularly fond of either adaptation]] though she was rather more charitable towards Studio Ghibli. She was herself very keen on a planned adaptation of the first Earthsea book with director Creator/MichaelPowell (of ''The Red Shoes'' and ''Black Narcissus'' fame) a screenplay of which was previously published, and regretted that it never received funding

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Her Earthsea novels have twice been adapted to visual medium. One is the oft-maligned [=SciFi=] channel Creator/SciFiChannel miniseries ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'' and the other is the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea.'' Le Guin has made no secret of the fact that she is [[AdaptationDecay not particularly fond of either adaptation]] though she was rather more charitable towards Studio Ghibli. She was herself very keen on a planned adaptation of the first Earthsea book with director Creator/MichaelPowell (of ''The Red Shoes'' and ''Black Narcissus'' fame) a screenplay of which was previously published, and regretted that it never received funding
funding.
15th Jan '14 10:41:46 AM ArthurS
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Her Earthsea novels have twice been adapted to visual medium. One is the oft-maligned [=SciFi=] channel miniseries and the other is the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea.'' Le Guin has made no secret of the fact that she is [[AdaptationDecay not particularly fond of either adaptation]] though she was rather more charitable towards Studio Ghibli.

to:

Her Earthsea novels have twice been adapted to visual medium. One is the oft-maligned [=SciFi=] channel miniseries and the other is the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea.'' Le Guin has made no secret of the fact that she is [[AdaptationDecay not particularly fond of either adaptation]] though she was rather more charitable towards Studio Ghibli.
Ghibli. She was herself very keen on a planned adaptation of the first Earthsea book with director Creator/MichaelPowell (of ''The Red Shoes'' and ''Black Narcissus'' fame) a screenplay of which was previously published, and regretted that it never received funding
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