Ursula K. Le Guin Bibliography

Note: Links all lead to current editions of the works (as of 1 Sept 2007) at Powell's online store. If there isn't a link, the book is not in print but may be available used.


Annals of the Western Shore

Gifts (2004, Harcourt)
Voices (2006, Harcourt)
Powers (2007, Harcourt)


A Wizard of Earthsea (1968, Parnassus Press)
The Tombs of Atuan (1971, Atheneum)
The Farthest Shore (1972, Atheneum)
Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea (1990, Atheneum)
The Other Wind (2001, Harcourt)


Rocannon's World (1966, Ace Double)
Planet of Exile (1966, Ace Double)
City of Illusions (1967, Ace)

     The above three books are out of print, but an omnibus edition,
     Worlds of Exile and Illusion, is available.

The Left Hand of Darkness (1969, Ace)
The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (1974, Harper & Row)
The Word for World Is Forest (1976, Berkley)
The Telling (2000, Harcourt)

Other Novels

Always Coming Home (1985, Harper & Row)
The Beginning Place (1980, Harper & Row; UK title: Threshold)
The Eye of the Heron (1982, Victor Gollancz)
The Lathe of Heaven (1971, Scribner)
Malafrena (1979, Putnam)
Very Far Away from Anywhere Else (1976, Atheneum; UK title: A Very Long Way from Anywhere Else)

Story Collections

Note: Original publication dates and attributions are in parentheses.

The Birthday of the World (2002, HarperCollins)

Coming of Age in Karhide (1995, New Legends)
The Matter of Seggri (1994, Crank!)
Unchosen Love (1994, Amazing Stories)
Mountain Ways (1996, Asimov's)
Solitude (1994, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
Old Music and the Slave Women (1999, Far Horizons)
The Birthday of the World (2000, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
Paradises Lost

Buffalo Gals, and Other Animal Presences (1987, Capra Press)

Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight
Mazes (1975, Epoch)
The Wife's Story (1982, The Compass Rose)
Direction of the Road (1973, Orbit 12)
Vaster Than Empires and More Slow (1971, New Dimensions 1)
The White Donkey (1980, TriQuarterly)
Horse Camp (1986, The New Yorker)
Schrödinger's Cat (1974, Universe 5)
"The Author of the Acacia Seeds" and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics (1974, Fellowship of the Stars)
She Unnames Them (1985, The New Yorker)

Changing Planes (2003, Harcourt)

Author's Note
Sita Dulip's Method
Porridge on Islac
The Silence of the Asonu (1998, Orion, as "The Wisdom of the Asonu")
Feeling at Home with the Hennebet
The Ire of the Veksi
Seasons of the Ansarac (2002, www.theinfinitematrix.net)
Social Dreaming of the Frin
The Royals of Hegn (2000, Asimov's)
Woeful Tales from Mahigul
Great Joy
Wake Island
The Nna Mmoy Language
The Building (2001, Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction)
The Fliers of Gy (2000, www.scifi.com)
The Island of the Immortals (1998, Amazing)
Confusions of Uñi

The Compass Rose (1982, Harper & Row)



"The Author of the Acacia Seeds" and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics (1974, Fellowship of the Stars)
The New Atlantis (1975, The New Atlantis)
Schrödinger's Cat (1974, Universe 5)

Two Delays on the Northern Line (1979, The New Yorker)
SQ (1978, Cassandra Rising)
Small Change (1981, Tor zu den Sternen)

The First Report of the Shipwrecked Foreigner to the Kadanh of Derb (1978, Antaeus)
The Diary of the Rose (1976, Future Power)
The White Donkey (1980, TriQuarterly)
The Phoenix

Intracom (1974, Stopwatch)
The Eye Altering (1974, The Altered I)
Mazes (1975, Epoch)
The Pathways of Desire (1979, New Dimensions Science Fiction, No. 9)

Gwilan's Harp (1977, Redbook)
Malheur County (1979, Kenyon Review)
The Water Is Wide (1976, Pendragon Press (chapbook))

The Wife's Story
Some Approaches to the Problem of the Shortage of Time (1979, Omni, as "Where Does the Time Go?")
Sur (1982, The New Yorker)

A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994, HarperPrism)

The First Contact with the Gorgonids (1991, Omni)
Newton's Sleep (1991, Full Spectrum 3)
The Ascent of the North Face (1983, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
The Rock That Changed Things (1992, Amazing)
The Kerastion (1990, Westercon 1990 Program Book)
The Shobies' Story (1990, Universe)
Dancing to Ganam (1993, Amazing)
Another Story OR A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994, Tomorrow)

Four Ways to Forgiveness (1995, HarperPrism)

Betrayals (1994, Blue Motel)
Forgiveness Day (1994, Asimov's)
A Man of the People (1995, Asimov's)
A Woman's Liberation (1995, Asimov's)
Notes on Werel and Yeowe

Orsinian Tales (1976, Harper & Row)

The Fountains
The Barrow (1976, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1976)
Ile Forest
Conversations At Night
The Road East
Brothers and Sisters (1976, The Little Magazine, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2)
A Week in the Country (1976, The Little Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 4)
An die Musik (1961, The Western Humanities Review, Vol XV, No. 3)
The House
The Lady of Moge
Imaginary Countries (The Harvard Advocate)

Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand (1991, HarperCollins)

Foam Women, Rain Women
The Ship Ahoy (1987, The New Yorker)
Hand, Cup, Shell (1989, Southwest Review)
Geezers (1991, The Missouri Review)
In and Out (1989, The New Yorker)
Bill Weisler (1990, The Kenyon Review)
True Love (1991, Indiana Review)
Sleepwalkers (1991, Mississippi Mud)
Quoits (1991, Southern Review)
Crosswords (1990, The New Yorker)
Texts (1990, American Short Fiction)

Tales from Earthsea (2001, Harcourt)

The Finder
Darkrose and Diamond (1999, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
The Bones of the Earth
On the High Marsh
Dragonfly (1998, Legends)
A Description of Earthsea

The Wind's Twelve Quarters (1975, Harper & Row)

Semley's Necklace (1964, Amazing, as "Dowry of the Angyar")
April in Paris (1962, Fantastic)
The Masters (1963, Fantastic)
Darkness Box (1963, Fantastic)
The Word of Unbinding (1964, Fantastic)
The Rule of Names (1964, Fantastic)
Winter's King (1969, Orbit 5)
The Good Trip (1970, Fantastic)
Nine Lives (1969, Playboy)
Things (1970, Orbit 6, as "The End")
A Trip to the Head (1970, Quark 1)
Vaster Than Empires and More Slow (1971, New Dimensions 1)
The Stars Below (1974, Orbit 14)
The Field of Vision (1973, Galaxy, as "Field of Vision")
Direction of the Road (1973, Orbit 12)
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1973, New Dimensions 3)
The Day Before the Revolution (1974, Galaxy)

Unlocking the Air and Other Stories (1996, HarperCollins)

Half Past Four (1987, The New Yorker)
The Professor's Houses (1982, The New Yorker)
Ruby on the 67
Limberlost (1989, Michigan Quarterly Review)
The Creatures on My Mind (1990, Harper's)
Standing Ground (1992, Ms.)
The Spoons in the Basement (1982, The New Yorker)
Sunday in Summer in Seatown (1995, Thirteenth Moon)
In the Drought (1993, Xanadu II)
Ether, OR (1995, Asimov's)
Unlocking the Air (1990, Playboy)
A Child Bride (1987, Terry's Universe, as "Kore 87")
Climbing to the Moon (1992, American Short Fiction)
Daddy's Big Girl (1987, Omni)
Findings (1992, Ox Head Press (chapbook))
Olders (1995, Omni)
The Wise Woman (1995, The Sound of Writing (broadcast))
The Poacher (1992, Xanadu)

Illustrated Children's Books

Catwings (1988, Orchard)
Catwings Return (1989, Orchard)
The Adventure of Cobbler's Rune (1982, Cheap Street)
Fire and Stone (1989, Atheneum)
Fish Soup (1992, Atheneum)
Jane on her Own (1999, Orchard)
Leese Webster (1979, Atheneum)
A Ride on the Red Mare's Back
(1992, Orchard)
Solomon Leviathan's Nine Hundred and Thirty-First Trip Around the World
(1984, Cheap Street)
Tom Mouse (2002, Roaring Brook)
A Visit from Dr. Katz
(1988, Atheneum)
Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (1994, Orchard)

Poetry Collections

Going Out with Peacocks (1994, HarperCollins)
Hard Words and Other Poems
(1981, Harper & Row)
Incredible Good Fortune
(2006, Shambhala)
No Boats
(1991, Ygor and Buntho Make Books)
Sixty Odd
(1999, Shambhala)
Tillai and Tylissos (with Theodora Kroeber, 1980, Red Bull)
Wild Angels (1974, Capra)
Wild Oats and Fireweed (1988, Harper & Row)


Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places (1989, Grove Press)

Note: For each piece in this book, Le Guin includes the copyright date, which does not necessarily coincide with the date of first publication. I have included the copyright date in bold where they differ or where this is the item's first appearance.

Talks and Essays
The Space Crone (1976, CoEvolution Quarterly (now Whole Earth Review))
Is Gender Necessary? Redux (1987, The Language of the Night (1989 ed.))
"Moral and Ethical Implications of Family Planning" (1978)
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night; or, Why Are We Huddling About the Campfire? (1979, Critical Inquiry, vol. 7, no. 1)
Working on "The Lathe" (1979, Horizon)
Some Thoughts on Narrative (1980, The New York Review of Science Fiction)
World-Making (1981, Women Writers of the West Coast)
Hunger (1981)
Places Names (1981, partial publication 1988, Antaeus 61)
The Princess (1982)
A Non-Euclidean View of California as a Cold Place to Be (1982, 1983, The Yale Review)
Facing It (1982)
Reciprocity of Prose and Poetry (1983)
A Left-Handed Commencement Address (1983)
Along the Platte (1983, The Oregonian)
Whose Lathe? (1984, The Oregonian)
The Woman Without Answers (1984)
The Second Report of the Shipwrecked Foreigner to the Kadanh of Derb (1984)
Room 9, Car 1430 (1985, The Oregonian)
Theodora (1985, The Inland Whale)
Science Fiction and the Future (1985)
The Only Good Author? (1985)
Bryn Mawr Commencement Address (1986)
Woman/Wilderness (1986)
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction (1986, 1988, Women of Vision)
Heroes (1986)
Prospects for Women in Writing (1986)
Text, Silence, Performance (1986)
"Who Is Responsible?" (1987, The Bulletin of the Science Fiction Writers of America)
Conflict (1987)
"Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?" (1987)
Over the Hills and a Great Way Off (1988, The Washington Post Magazine)
The Fisherwoman's Daughter (1988)

The Dark Tower, by C.S. Lewis (1977, The New Republic)
Close Encounters, Star Wars, and the Tertium Quid (1978, Future)
Shikasta, by Doris Lessing (1979, The New Republic)
The Beginning Place, by Ursula K. Le Guin (1980, Venom)
The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin Jr. (1980, Venom)
Freddy's Book and Vlemk the Box-Painter, by John Gardner (1980, The Washington Post Book World)
The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five by Doris Lessing (1980, The New Republic)
Kalila and Dimna, retold by Ramsay Wood (1980, The Washington Post Book World)
Unfinished Business, by Maggie Scarf (1980, The Washington Post Book World)
Italian Folktales, by Italo Calvino (1980, The New Republic)
Peake's Progress, by Mervyn Peake (1981, The Washington Post Book World)
The Sentimental Agents, by Doris Lessing (1983, The Weekly (Seattle))
Difficult Loves, by Italo Calvino (1984, The Washington Post Book World)
"Forsaking Kingdoms": Five Poets (1984, The Washington Post Book World)
The Mythology of North America, by John Bierhorst (1985, The New York Times Book Review, as "Loon Woman in the Long Ago")
Silent Partners, by Eugene Linden (1986, The New York Times Book Review, as "Apologies to the Primates")
Outside the Gates, by Molly Gloss (1986, The Five Owls)
Golden Days, by Carolyn See (1986, The Washington Post Book World)

The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction (1979, G.P. Putnam; 1989, Women's Press; 1992, HarperCollins)

Note: Items unique to each edition are color-coded: 1979 is purple; 1989 is green; 1992 is dark blue.

Preface to the 1989 Edition
Introduction by Susan Wood

Le Guin Introduces Le Guin
A Citizen of Mondath (1973, Foundation 4)

On Fantasy and Science Fiction
Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons? (1974, PNLA Quarterly 38)
Dreams Must Explain Themselves (1973, Algol 21)
National Book Award Acceptance Speech
The Child and the Shadow (1975, Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress 32)
Myth and Archetype in Science Fiction (1976, Parabola I, 4)
From Elfland to Poughkeepsie (1973, Pendragon Press (chapbook))
American SF and the Other (1975, Science-Fiction Studies 7)
Science Fiction and Mrs. Brown (1975, Science Fiction at Large)
Do-It-Yourself Cosmology (1977, Parabola II, 3)

The Book Is What Is Real
Introduction to Rocannon's World (1977, Rocannon's World)
Introduction to Planet of Exile (1978, Planet of Exile)
Introduction to City of Illusions (1978, City of Illusions)
Introduction to The Word for World Is Forest (1977, The Word for World Is Forest)
Introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness (1976, The Left Hand of Darkness)
Is Gender Necessary? (1976, Aurora: Beyond Equality)
Is Gender Necessary? Redux
The Staring Eye (1974, Vector 66/67)
The Modest One (1976, The New Republic 175, as "Science Fiction as Prophecy: Philip K. Dick")
Introduction to Star Songs of an Old Primate (1978, Star Songs of an Old Primate)

Telling the Truth
Introduction to The Altered I (1976, The Altered I)
Talking About Writing
Escape Routes (1974-5, Galaxy Magazine vol. 35, no. 12)

Pushing at the Limits
The Stalin in the Soul (1973, The Future Now)
The Stone Ax and the Muskoxen (1975, SunCon Convention Journal I)

Bibliographic Checklist compiled by L.W. Currey (1992)

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew (1998, Eight Mountain)

The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination (2004, Shambhala)

Personal Matters

Introducing Myself (1992, Left Bank)
Being Taken for Granite
Indian Uncles
My Libraries
My Island (1996, Islands: An International Magazine)
On the Frontier (1996, Frontiers, as "Which Side Am I On, Anyway?")


All Happy Families (1997, Michigan Quarterly Review)
Things Not Actually Present: On The Book of Fantasy and J.L. Borges (1988, the Viking Book of Fantasy)
Reading Young, Reading Old: Mark Twain's Diaries of Adam and Eve (1995, The Oxford Mark Twain)
Thinking about Cordwainer Smith (1994, Readercon 6 Program Book)
Stress-Rhythm in Poetry and Prose
Rhythmic Pattern in The Lord of the Rings (2001, Meditations on Middle Earth)
The Wilderness Within: The Sleeping Beauty and "The Poacher" (2002, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore their Favorite Fairy Tales, 2nd edition)
Off the Page: Loud Cows: A Talk and a Poem about Reading Aloud (1992, The Ethnography of Reading)

Discussions and Opinions

Fact and/or/plus Fiction
Award and Gender
On Genetic Determinism
About Feet
Dogs, Cats, and Dancers: Thoughts about Beauty (1992, Allure)
Collectors, Rhymesters, and Drummers
Telling Is Listening
The Operating Instructions
"A War without End"

On Writing

A Matter of Trust
The Writer and the Character
Unquestioned Assumptions
Prides: An Essay on Writing Workshops
The Question I Get Asked Most Often
Old Body Not Writing
The Writer on, and at, Her Work (1991, The Writer on Her Work, vol. 2)


Kalpa Imperial (Angélica Gorodischer, 2003, Small Beer Press)
Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way
(1997, Shambhala)
Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral (2003, University of New Mexico Press)


Blue Moon over Thurman Street (with Roger Dorband, photographer, 1993, New Sage)
Music and Poetry of the Kesh
(with Todd Barton, composer, 1985, Valley Productions)
Rigel Nine: An Opera (with David Bedford, composer, 1985, Charisma)
The Twins, The Dream / Las Gemelas, El Sueño (with Diana Bellessi, poet & translator, 1997, Arte Público)
Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts (with Elinor Armer, composer, 1996, Koch)

Edited Anthologies

Edges (1980, Pocket)
Interfaces (1980, Ace)
Nebula Award Stories XI (1977, Harper & Row)
The Norton Book of Science Fiction (with Brian Attebery & Karen Joy Fowler, 1993, Norton)

Uncollected Stories and Essays

Along the River (1993, Omni Best Science Fiction Three)
Earthsea Revisioned (1993, Green Bay booklet)
The Lost Children (1996, Thirteenth Moon)
The Ursula Major Construct: or, A Far Greater Horror Loomed (1973, Clarion III)
The Wild Girls (2002, Asimov's)

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