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Old 01-15-2019, 06:49 PM   #13
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Personally, I think the introduction to the novel br Le Guin is particularly fine and well worth reading. She was reacting in part to the approach of Amis in New Maps of Hell which emphasised the extrapolation approach and also to the old traditional space opera.

I would tend to agree that the world building takes too much time and bogs things down somewhat in the early parts of the book. She does work it in through the viewpoint of Genly which makes it reasonably acceptable. (Many of the old Golden Age stories just dumped a load of exposition.) But once that is settled the pace of the story and the key relatiionship build to a fine resolution.
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