Salon, “Ursula K. Le Guin: Amazon has too much control over what books get published,” November 17, 2014

Ursula K. Le Guin: Amazon has too much control over what books get published
Laura Miller, Salon, November 17, 2014

“I’ve always been interested, the way anthropologists are, in the different things people do and the different ways they do them, which led me, as a fiction writer, into thinking about different ways they could do them, and inventing different societies and cultures. I was inventing — not in a didactic, prescriptive way, but descriptively, in the thought-experiment mode. What would it be like if we did it differently? What would an ungendered society, or an anarchist society, actually be like to live in? How would it work? What kind of problems would it run into?

You can make that kind of thinking prescriptive and didactic — so you get the classic utopia — or color it all black, so you get the 10,000 dystopias we’re getting at the moment. But why do either?  I’d rather let the experiment run and see what happens.”

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