Ursula Le Guin is a legend in the SciFi world, noted for her fearlessness, progressive themes, deep thinking about utopias, and so on. I haven’t read her YA work, but her SF stuff is terrific. Supplementals about her:
A New Yorker article: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/17/the-fantastic-ursula-k-le-guin
A speech she gave recently: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/20/ursula-k-le-guin-national-book-awards-speech .
For the next meeting, let’s read the opening of one of my favorite novels, the Lathe of Heaven, about a man who dreams new realities into being.
Here’s a PDF:
Let’s read the first two chapters.
- How effectively do the first two chapters set up the world, characters, and main problem of the story?
- How does Le Guin establish characters of our protagonist (Orr) and antagonist (Haber)? How does she show Haber’s personality?
- How effectively does Le Guin introduce her worldbuilding and science details? Is it necessary to the plot/themes?
- If you hadn’t been told this story was ‘Science Fiction’, how would you have categorized it? Does it neatly fall into the genre?