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A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA – Ursula Le Guin (1968)

A Wizard Of Earthsea 1st editionWhen I was 14 or so, I tried to read a Dutch translation of A Wizard Of Earthsea, but stopped a few chapters in. It didn’t click – maybe because it was a bad translation, or maybe because this might not be a children’s book at all. Or maybe it was because at 14 I was too old to appreciate it as a child, and too young to appreciate it for what it really is: a humbling, brilliant piece of writing.

Le Guin’s first book in what would eventually become a cycle of six – The Tombs Of Atuan (1971), The Farthest Shore (1972), Tehanu (1990), The Other Wind (2001), and Tales from Earthsea (2001) – appeared a year before her other landmark work: The Left Hand Of Darkness.

TLHOD is a favorite of mine, but I think this surpasses it – easily. Why?

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A

Joe Abercrombie

Daniel Abraham

Saladin Ahmed

Isaac Asimov

Margaret Atwood

B

Paolo Bacigalupi

R. Scott Bakker

Iain M. Banks

Stephen Baxter

Elizabeth Bear

Bradley P. Beaulieu

Robert Jackson Bennett

Alfred Bester

Jonathan Bikker & Gregor J.M. Weber

Ray Bradbury

John Brunner

C

Ted Chiang

Noam Chomsky

Arthur C. Clarke

Susanna Clarke

C.S.E. Cooney

James S.A. Corey

D

Aliette de Bodard

Samuel L. Delany

Don DeLillo

Philip K. Dick

Seth Dickinson

E

Steven Erikson

F

Jeffrey Ford

G

William Gibson

Carolyn Ives Gilman

H

Joe Haldeman

Peter F. Hamilton

M. John Harrison

Robert A. Heinlein

Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Frank Herbert

Cecelia Holland

Dave Hutchinson

I

Emmi Itäranta

J

Nora K. Jemisin

K

Guy Gavriel Kay

L

Ann Leckie

Yoon Ha Lee

Ursula K. Le Guin

Cixin Liu

Ken Liu

M

Hilary Mantel

Ian McDonald

China Miéville

Richard K. Morgan

N

Vladimir Nabokov

Sylvain Neuvel

Larry Niven

O

Nnedi Okorafor

P

Christopher Priest

R

Alastair Reynolds

Kim Stanley Robinson

Patrick Rothfuss

S

Brandon Sanderson

Robert Silverberg

Clifford D. Simak

Dan Simmons

W. Olaf Stapledon

Neal Stephenson

Theodore Sturgeon

T

Lavie Tidhar

V

Jeff VanderMeer

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

W

Andy Weir

H.G. Wells

Gene Wolfe

Z

Roger Zelazny