ALWAYS COMING HOME. New York, Cambridge, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney: Harper & Row, Publishers, . Octavo, cloth. 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. This hardbound issue, issued simultaneously with the trade paperback, is uncommon. Reportedly, only 200 copies of the hardbound issue were prepared. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-639. Broderick and Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 #4. Fortunati and Trousson (eds), Dictionary of Literary Utopias, pp. 38-40. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 430. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with some stress creases to front flap. Enclosed in cloth slipcase with tape cassette, "The Music & Poetry of the Kesh." (#155407).
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