Publisher description for Changing planes / Ursula K. Le Guin.


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Counter "Then came a child trotting to school with his little backpack. He trotted on all fours, neatly, his hands in leather mitts or boots that protected them from the pavement he was pale, with small eyes, and a snout, but he was adorable."

--from Changing Planes

The misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport leads to the accidental discovery of alighting on other planes--not airplanes but planes of existence. Ursula Le Guin's deadpan premise frames a series of travel accounts by the tourist-narrator who describes bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own, and sometimes open puzzling doors into the alien.

Winner of the PEN/Malamud for Short Stories



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Fantasy fiction, American, Imaginary societies, Voyages, Imaginary