A New SF Collection
Science Friction: The doyenne of Portland letters, Ursula K. Le Guin, explores the sexual universe in her new collection of short stories.
— Kim Colton
"...evidence that Le Guin's mastery of dramatized anthropology is unflaggging, but that her mastery of the forms of traditional SF is undiminished as well."
— Gary K. Wolfe
"Once again, Le Guin's powerful work illustrates that fantasy need not be escapist, that gender studies need not be dry or strident, and that entertainment need not be mindless."
— Tasha Robinson
"She is a splendid short-story writer. . fiction, like Borges', that finds its life in the interstices between the borders of speculative fiction and realism."
— Alan Cheuse
"Evocative, richly textured and lyrically written"
— Publishers Weekly
"It is all, ultimately, magnificently persuasive, persuasively magnificent."
— Nick Gevers
— Kirkus Reviews
"Deeply concerned with gender, these eight stories, although ostensibly about aliens, are all about ourselves: love, sex, life and alienation are all handled with illuminating grace."
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