The Shobies' Story

Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Shobies' Story


The story takes place on various planets, and is set in the far future in the Hainish universe, like most of Le Guin's SF. It features instantaneous space travel, through "Churten Theory". The story is linked to both Dancing to Ganam and A Fisherman of the inland Sea.

Spoiler Alert

The narrative concerns the crew on the first Churten Trip, who become disoriented. No wonder they are confused - it a very confusing story! The character "Shan" is also in Dancing to Ganam.

Not recommended. If you are a hard SF fan, you will be lucky if you escape without an allergic reaction.

My rating system: I begin with one star being equivalent to a rating of "C -". Progressing upwards, I add ½ star for each step, up to the maximum 5 stars, which is equivalent to a rating of "A"+. I reserve ½ star for BOMBS, there being no option of zero or negative stars.