One of our speakers at our forthcoming event, Dr. Liesl King, shares her thoughts on the spiritual influences in the works of Ursula Le Guin.
1) They offer three very different takes on the heroic journey We live in a time when the “Hero’s Journey” rules popular culture, in the wake of Star Wars. But years before George Lucas decided to distill Joseph Campbell into a simple space Western, Le … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Le Guin’s Earthsea Books Can Still Change Your Life
In September 2003, A Wizard of Earthsea was selected as Classic of the Month as part of the ‘Building a Children’s Library’ series run by The Guardian.
As part of a series for Tor.com commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of A Wizard of Earthsea’s publication, Gabrielle Bellot considered what Le Guin’s pioneering sci-fi classic meant to her, as well as the ways it pushed against the boundaries of its time while simultaneously not quite pushing far enough.
Cardiff BookTalk continues its exploration of science fiction and fantasy this semester with a very special evening celebrating the legacy of the great American novelist, poet, and essayist Ursula Le Guin.
“If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?” This is the question at the heart of Ted Chiang’s 2002 novella, Story of Your Life, and the themes of free will and personal responsibility such a question inspires are … Continue reading How the short story that inspired Arrival helps us interpret the film’s major twist
James Burton discusses how Philip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? prompts readers to reconsider our definitions of the human and the non-human.
This article was originally published on The Conversation on 10 April 2018.
Raya A. Jones discusses how androids and humans interact in Philip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
This article was originally published on The Conversation on 6 March 2018.
The release of Blade Runner 2049 in October 2017 was not met with universal acclaim. Across Twitter and numerous other blog posts and articles, it was decried for its misogyny. Charlotte Gush pronounced the then-newly released film as “a misogynistic mess, and the most overrated … Continue reading The misogyny of Blade Runner 2049?
In a discussion of the lasting cultural impact of the Philip K. Dick novel, Noah Berlatsky wrote in an article for Salon that Jonze’s 2013 film, Her, takes the anxieties of Dick’s Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep? and “extrapolates our present omni-wired society into a … Continue reading Her (2013) and the legacy of Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep?