Meeting and Corresponding Briefly with Ursula K. Le Guin

The Horizon and The Fringe

I want to tell you a story. It’s brief. The briefest encounters in life can be the most intense. This is the story of my correspondence and meeting with Ursula K. Le Guin.

A Wizard of Earthsea was my first foray into fantasy that I read in 7th grade. Years earlier, I fell in love with Willow, Krull, and every high fantasy cartoon out there. I counted it twice on the 6-books-a-year-sheet we filled out in middle school for book reports. Mrs. McCullough who filed these records away about the book reports we did never noticed, and I presented on it in 8th grade in Mr. Cavalier’s class as well as counting the entire Earthsea cycle. In Mr. Cavalier’s class, we had to design license plates about us as readers, and I came up with Sci-Fi Guy as my license plate. I drew a dragon confronting a night. The…

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