Science Fiction Book Club: November 9, Ursula LeGuin

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will take a meet again on November 9 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Recognizing how busy we all are, we’ve picked both a short story and a book by the same author.

Read the novel, or read the short story. Or, for the fun of getting into the author’s mind, read both and see how they might connect.

 

The author this month is Ursula Le Guin, widely regarded as one of the best science-fiction authors of the 20th century and one of the few with wide regard beyond the genre of science fiction.

The short story is “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas,” one of her most famous and best, and perhaps the most relevant thing we could read given the recent emergence of “Occupation.”  It is available online in pdf format (http://iweb.tntech.edu/jcbaker/The%20Ones%20Who%20Walked%20Away%20from%20Omelas.pdf) and text format (http://harelbarzilai.org/words/omelas.txt).

The book is The Lathe of Heaven, which is available throughout the TLN library system:

But if you don’t have the time to read it, you can actually watch a faithful (if somewhat dated) version here:

If you cannot obtain a copy please contact Kevin Deegan-Krause at kdecay@gmail.com and he’ll deliver a copy to your door :-) .

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