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The Word for World Is Forest

by: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Tor Books (1972)


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Staff Pick by comrade: Quinn

This book is often hard to find, so I was really psyched when they reprinted it a few years back. It tells of the colonization of the planet Athshea by Earth, and of how the Athseans resist colonization. It's both beautiful and engrossing and hard to read, particularly when the perspective is that of captain Davidson, who frequently justifies brutality, rape, and murder. What a creep. The story is pretty similar to the colonization of indigenous people in our own country and elsewhere. But the writing is well done, great imagery, and one of the favorites of Ursula K. LeGuin's. Check it out.