The birthday of the world and other stories

362 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2002 by HarperCollins.


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5 stars (1 review)

E-book extras: "On Despising Genres," "Answers to a Questionnaire," "A Few Words to a Young Writer" three essays by Ursula K. Le Guin.Ursual K. Le Guin has long been a master of literary speculative fiction that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. The much-honored author of 17 novels, 80 short stories, 10 books for children, several volumes of poetry, and numerous screenplays once again demonstrates her virtuosity and versatility in this superb collection of short science fiction tales.

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I have found a new favourite author in Ursula K. Le Guin. I first read her work, "A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" which piqued my curiosity and I kept searching for her books until now. "The Birthday of the World and Other Stories" is not so different from the book I first read by this author. They are both collections of short stories and even feature some of the same planets. Somehow, I did not tire of the universe that Le Guin has created. There was always something new to learn about a planet or a species, even if I had already read about them before.

While her universe isn't as carefully crafted as one would think (her prologue discusses this), there is no denying the fact that her universe is extremely immersive. I could get lost in the lore and the people in it. Her characters, although many …


  • Science fiction, American.