Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory The following interview took place on June 7, 1982, in Ursula K. Le Gain's home, a lovely two-story house located in one of Portland's older neighborhoods. From the dining room window, there was a postcard view of the Columbia River, the many bridges and highways that crisscross it, and of the smoky Portland skyline. Following some initial settled us in her living room for an afternoon-long discussion which frequently was punctuated by the flow of the household around us. Ursula Le Guin is probably as responsible as any other living writer for changing our notions of what science fiction and fantasy are capable of doing. As with the works of Italo Calvino, ].L. Borges, Philip K. Dick, and Stanislaw Lem, Ms. Le Gain's fictions defy genre definitions. Typically they are a sophisticated blend of myth, fable, political inquiry, and metaphysical parable, with all elements carefully controlled in terms of their anthropological implications. Hers is art that takes us on a circular journey to the future and back again, for not only is Le Guin a wonderful spinner offantastic tales, she is also able to make us take note of the words and cultural
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1984
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