Ursula Le Guin

Doris Lessing's Parochial Science Fiction

March 29, 1980

Doris Lessing died yesterday at 94. In 1980, Ursula Le Guin revewed Lessing's attempt to write a sceince fiction epic.

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Doris Lessing takes risks, but does not play games. One does not turn to her books for humor or wit or playfulness, nor will one find in them any game playing in the sense of one-upping, faking, posturing. In her introductory remarks to Shikasta she states with characteristic straightforwardness what she sees as the modern novelist's debt to science fiction.

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