Fans of deep science fiction that stars aliens in order
to dig into the human condition will want to read Ursula K.
Le Guin's powerful anthology. The eight stories are all
excellent as each one looks into a "excursion" of sorts
with some actuality occurring and others happening inside
the minds of the key cast members. Each tale is different
with unique perspectives. The characters in each tale are
so complete the audience will think they are reading a
short novel especially since the action is not neglected as
the plots are filled with energy. Six of the stories occur
on Ekumen, but still share in common with the other two
tales problems with relationships complicated by emotion.
THE BIRTHDAY OF THE WORLD shows why the award winning Ms.
Le Guin remains at the top not just for her highly regarded
Earthsea novels, but also for some of the best short
stories and novellas of the last couple of decades.