Bookshelf Essentials: The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin

A year ago this week science fiction lost one of its wisest and most profound voices, the singular Ursula K. Le Guin. In commemoration, we thought it would be fitting to launch a new type of post, Bookshelf Essentials, with a tribute to one of her masterworks, The Dispossessed.

Above: the 1975 Panther Science Fiction UK edition of The Dispossessed. Cover art by Colin Hay.

The Bookshelf Essentials series highlights books that we believe deserve a place on every speculative fiction fan’s shelf – foundational classics of the genre as well as works that we have found personally meaningful. The Dispossessed (1974) fits both categories. Having won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for best novel in 1974-75 it also stands as one of my personal favorite novels. It remains a lasting influence on my political and literary perspectives, and the book that opened the door for me into Ursula K. Le Guin’s remarkable and broad body of writing.

Over the course of her long career Le Guin published more than 20 novels and 100 short stories, mostly (but not exclusively) fantasy and science fiction. She was also an accomplished poet, essayist, and translator of works to

The Agent: Fiction from CG Inglis, Part 6

Happy New Year!

Sci-Fi-O-Rama is leaping into 2019 with the sixth installment of A Colour Like Orange: Stories from a Broken World“, a series of interlocking stories from Toronto writer CG Inglis.

In this month’s story we follow two agents of the Institute on the hunt after a major breach in a secure laboratory. A new hole has been ripped in the fabric of reality and somebody has got to close it before it swallows the city whole.

CG Inglis takes us behind the goggles and into the hardboiled world of the Capital’s most feared authority in “The Agent“.

Masks: Fiction from CG Inglis, Part 5

Sci-Fi-O-Rama presents the fifth installment of A Colour Like Orange: Stories from a Broken World“, a series of interlocking stories from Toronto writer CG Inglis.

In this month’s story, a night of partying takes a strange turn for a group of friends after they add powder to the mix. When they stumble upon a box of masks, will they choose to wear them? Or is it the other way around?

CG Inglis takes us deep into concealed mysteries in “Masks“.

A Seer: Fiction from CG Inglis, Part 4

Sci-Fi-O-Rama presents the fourth installment of A Colour Like Orange: Stories from a Broken World“, a series of interlocking stories from Toronto writer CG Inglis.

In this month’s story, a freelance photographer takes a job documenting the city’s homeless population. What she thought would be a simple gig turns complicated when she meets Maria, a homeless woman who can see what others can’t. In a world full of holes, it can be easy to fall in…

CG Inglis takes us along winding cracks and into dark spaces in “A Seer“.

The Ride: Fiction from CG Inglis, Part 3

Sci-Fi-O-Rama is back with the third installment of A Colour Like Orange: Stories from a Broken World“, a series of interlocked stories from Toronto writer CG Inglis.

This month’s story takes us out of the cloistered spaces of the Institute and onto the hard streets of the Capital, where a teenage boy is taking his first ride with his step-sister’s crew of bikers. More than anything he wants to prove he belongs, but to do so he’ll have to ride harder and faster than he ever thought possible.

CG Inglis guns the throttle with “The Ride“.

Clinical Trial: Fiction from CG Inglis, Part 2

Sci-Fi-O-Rama returns with the second installment of A Colour Like Orange: Stories from a Broken World“, a series of interlocked stories from Toronto writer CG Inglis.

This month’s story delves into the mysterious Institute for Applied Research, where a young woman agrees to take part in a clinical trial to treat her chronic anxiety. When the treatment moves beyond anything she could have expected, she will find herself tested to the very core of her being.

Read on to find out what awaits her in “Clinical Trial“.