Classic SciFi 8: Ursula Le Guin The Word for World is Forest

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Classic SciFi 8: Ursula K Le Guin, The Word for World is Forest, 1972

Introduction

The Word for World Is Forest is a science fiction novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, first published in 1972 in the anthology Again, Dangerous Visions, and published as a separate book in 1976.

Dangerous Visions 1967 was a path-breaking collection of stories edited by Harlan Ellison that helped to define the new wave of Science Fiction, particularly in its depictions of sex in science fiction. Dangerous Visions: almost single-handedly… changed the way people thought about science fiction wrote Editor/Writer Al Sarrantonio. (Wikipedia)

I read Dangerous Visions when I was in Canada in the early 1970s and it certainly had that effect on my girlfriend and I. I remember one story in particular where a person masturbating with a crucifix achieves time travel. My memory may be faulty but the flavour is not.

Again, Dangerous Visions 1972 though not as path-breaking was a worthy sequel. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin won a Hugo for Best Novella, which we also read in 1973 in Canada.

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