ALWAYS COMING HOME. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, . Octavo, printed light green wrappers. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. "A richly detailed account of a gentle, postindustrial utopia in a northern California of the indeterminate future. The central narrative, of a young woman's development, is hedged around by vast quantities of supplementary material: folktales, poems, plays, maps, charts, appendices and glossary. All in all, an astonishing feat of the imagination, which the author herself calls "an archaeology of the future." It's Le Guin's magnum opus, but it may be daunting to some readers. The book contains numerous illustrations (by Margaret Chodos) and the first edition came with a cassette tape (music by Todd Barton), making it something of a multimedia experience." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 11. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-639. Broderick and Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 #4. Hartwell, 200 Significant SF Books by Women, 1984-2001. A fine copy. (#104582).