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No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

Ursula K. Le Guin. Karen Joy Fowler, intro.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover, First Edition, Signed Bookplate
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9781328661593
Pages/Publication Date 215/2017
Daedalus Item Code 79634
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(Pre-order now! Release date December 5, 2017) (First Edition, Signed Bookplate) Science fiction Grandmaster Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades; here, on the heels of her essay collection Words Are My Matter (which won the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Related Work), she takes us along as she travels the last frontier of life, old age. At the same time, Le Guin is exploring a new, interactive literary territory—the blog—where her voice shines. Adroit, often acerbic, compassionate as well as critical, these are perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it. On the absurdity of denying your age, Le Guin says, "If I'm 90 and believe I'm 45, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub." On cultural perceptions of fantasy: "The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is 'escapism' an accusation of?" On her new cat: "He still won't sit on a lap.... I don't know if he ever will. He just doesn't accept the lap hypothesis." On breakfast: "Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime." And on all that is unknown, all that we discover as we muddle through life: "How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us." We are offering Le Guin's collection of "short, punchy, and canny meditations on aging, literature, and cats" (Publishers Weekly) in a first edition with a signed bookplate.

"To Le Guin ... what truly matters are the words she thinks about, rigorous in her examination. Her expression of these thoughts reads more like mini-essays than blog posts and invite close reading, which always reaps rich rewards, the true gift of this lovely book."—Booklist

"[This book] feels like the surprising and satisfying culmination to a career in other literary forms.... Even in the familiar relationship of an old woman and her cat, Le Guin finds an ambit for challenging moral insight and matter for an inquisitiveness that probes the deep time of evolution.... Blogs may not be novels, but a blog by Le Guin is no ordinary blog, either. It is a comfort to know, as reality seems to grow more claustrophobic and inescapable, that she remains at her desk, busily subverting our world."—New Republic

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