Curator Reviews

Hugh Dancy

Forced to pick a single sci-fi novel I’ll go with this because, in ways even beyond most sci-fi, it is so far ahead of its time. You’re left believing entirely in the worlds she’s imagined, including a better version of this one.

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1969 Book Club

Le Guins’ most celebrated novel beat out Slaughterhouse Five for the 1970 Hugh Award, and still stands as among the most groundbreaking depictions of gender committed to the page with its use of gender-fluidity and neutral pronouns. Yet gender is only a background concern here; more powerful is the question of war versus peace.

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David Gray

I first read this before I had the emotional range or life experience to grasp what it was really about. I still loved it, and every time I came back to it, it had more resonance. It was also the book assigned to me in high school art, to design a cover. I rather simplistically painted my left hand, full of darkness. It was the moment I realized I was not headed to art college.

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