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Where Does Magic Live?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
—Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future

Well and good. As a fantasy writer, though, I usually have to approach the question from the other direction: what (if anything) makes magic distinguishable from technology? 1,128 more words

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Ursula Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness

Finally, here is a new book review of an admittedly old book, it is none other than:

 I’ve ploughed through tons of fantasy and sci-fi books through the years and whereas my interest for the genres has waned somewhat I occasionally crave magic or neo-future technology in my life. 919 more words


I don’t relate to reality: On the nature of a short story. Considerations after reading The Unreal and the Real by Ursula K Le Guin.

I like Le Guin. I do. I’m no fan, though. In fact, I’ve only read the obvious novels previous to reading this collection. I really enjoyed… 1,018 more words


Voting for Hugo Awards 2014

There are many great things about attending Sci-Fi Worldcons, and not just when they are organised in cities like London. One of them is the possibility to vote for the Hugo Awards – whose nominations were announced this year during the Glasgow Eastercon in the Uk – and in a few other places around the world. 412 more words


Book Review: The Birthday of the World

Read for: I’m in the middle of a Le Guin marathon

Rating: 4.5/5

In the FemSciFiFans group we were reading The Left Hand of Darkness in May, and it came up in the discussion that Le Guin has written a number of short stories that fall under the Hainish umbrella. 402 more words


Book Review: City of Illusions

Read for: Number 3 in the Hainish Cycle

Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. It begins with a man who has lost his memory and is found wandering through the woods of Earth (also referred to as Terra). 476 more words