Charlie Jane Anders looks at LeGuin's Hainish Cycle


Nice batch of articles in the latest newsletter, including this one by Charlie Jane Anders that looks holistically at LeGuin's Hainish Cycle, which, Anders claims, is greater than the sum of its parts.

"The Hainish Cycle spans decades of Le Guin’s career, starting with Rocannon’s World (1966) and ending with The Telling (2000). In between are award-winning masterworks like The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, The Word for World is Forest, and Four Ways to Forgiveness. And the Library of America has put out a gorgeous two-volume set collecting every single piece of narrative Le Guin published involving Hain and the Ekumen. As with her other famous setting, Earthsea, this is a world to which Le Guin returned in the 1990s after a long hiatus, and it’s a much richer and more complex world in the later tales."


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