Without a doubt Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the most important science-fiction and fantasy writers of the late 20th century. She is also one of the most important female science-fiction and fantasy writers of all time. According to her bio, she’s published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, twelve books for children, and many more essays, poems, and translations. Critical recognition of her work includes five Hugo Awards, six Nebula, 19 Locus, and a National Book Award in 1973.
It would be a pleasure to spend several thousand words writing about Le Guin’s contributions to feminism, literature, and genre writing, but much of this is available elsewhere on the internet. From Johnathan White’s interview with the writer and Dmae Roberts’ audio profile to About.com’s excellent (albeit brief) summary of Le Guin’s life thus far, there is no shortage of digital information about this amazing writer.
Instead of rehashing what’s been written about the author, check out “Orsinian Tales,” Le Guin’s 1976 collection of short stories focusing on rights of the individual against the backdrop of made-up European country from the twelfth century through the twentieth. “Orsinian Tales” is available for download from the Internet Archives in a variety of electronic formats, including Kindle and EPUB. The digitization of this title was made possible by National Federation of the Blind.