“I Don’t Have Plots; I Have Situations” Ursula K. Le Guin Audio Clip from the Archives

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Ursula K. Le Guin by Beth Gwinn 2001

From the Audio Archives: Ursula K. Le Guin, 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin was one of the most important voices in SF during her more than 50-year career. She passed away in January 2018 and was remembered in our March 2018 issue.

Locus founder Charles N. Brown interviewed her in our September 2001 issue, and we’ve selected some audio clips to share with you, in which Le Guin talks about her writing style, SF vs fantasy, and the significance of stories.

‘‘My books are character-driven. I don’t have plots; I have situations, I have stories. I’m a good storyteller. But plot! When I read a mystery, I can’t even follow the plot. I say, ‘Just tell me what happened and who did it! I don’t understand all these intricate convolutions.’ A real plot writer, like Dickens, I’m awed by. How did he do it? How did he remember?”

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