Scifi as a life lesson

scifiDid you know that I am a huge scifi (science fiction) geek? In fact, my FB handle is scifichick, feel free to friend me there.

Science fiction was and still is my favorite genre of literature. It can contain so many other elements, that you can have crime, romance, history, all wrapped up into one little package not constrained by reality. We had a huge library growing up as my dad is a serious bibliophile and his mom was before him. All the little paperback scifi books were in my sister and I room and I never ran out of things to read. I would also dutifully ride my bike to the public library in the summer, when I was staying at my grandparents whose library was heavy in classics.

Isaac Asimov was one of my favorite authors, as well as Ray Bradbury. But the one author that I want to tell you about, that made a huge difference in my life is Ursula LeGuin.

I was in my very early teens when I came across her books in Wizard of Earthsea series. They have captivated my imagination and I made an effort to find them in English when I moved to the States. Imagine my delight when I discovered there were more books in the series!

But why did that very first book, Wizard of Earthsea captivated me so much? Without giving away too much, it was about embracing our shadow, our darkest desires as our own. Dealing with teenage angst, this was a very timely message for me that stuck with me through all these years. We can only be a complete person if we acknowledge and accept our darkest parts as our own. Only through knowledge and acceptance can we gain control of them, instead of them controlling us.

I hope you will check out LeGuin’s books as well. They are a powerful commentary on human condition and she has created a colorful and unique world. And DO. NOT. WATCH. the SyFy adaptation of her series. It’s a complete disgrace and has so little to do with actual books, it’s laughable.

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