The Word For World Is For­est

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW! Au­thor: Ur­sula K Le Guin Pub­lisher: Gol­lancz Though in­spired by the Viet­nam War, the eco­log­i­cal themes of Ur­sula Le Guin’s 1976 novel mean it still feels top­i­cal. In the far- fu­ture, hu­man­ity has con­quered a for­est world, set­ting up a log­ging colony and us­ing the in­dige­nous species – three­foot high, green- furred crea­tures – as forced labour. Even­tu­ally this paci­fist race rises up against its op­pres­sors. The slen­der book is fairly sim­plis­tic, but it’s still com­pelling and thought- pro­vok­ing.

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