Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Science Fiction: "sneaky, eccentric, addictive"

"We asked children's librarians for SF and they said 'Oh, we do not allow children to read escapist literature.' We asked adults' librarians for it and they said 'Oh, we do not carry children's books on this side of the building.' We had to put the books down face down because of the cover, which showed a purple squid carrying off a fainting maiden in a large bronze bra. We had the difficulty and the pleasure of doing something which, if not actually illicit, was sneaky, eccentric, addictive, and splendidly disreputable".

Aus: Ursula K. Le Guin: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction. Ultramarine Publishing 1980, S. 225

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