Changing Planes: Stories
"Then came a child trotting to school with his little backpack. He trotted on all fours, neatly, his hands in leather mitts or boots that protected them from the pavement; he was pale, with small eyes, and a snout, but he was adorable."--from Changing PlanesThe misery of waiting for a connecting... show more
"Then came a child trotting to school with his little backpack. He trotted on all fours, neatly, his hands in leather mitts or boots that protected them from the pavement; he was pale, with small eyes, and a snout, but he was adorable."--from Changing PlanesThe misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport leads to the accidental discovery of alighting on other planes--not airplanes but planes of existence. Ursula Le Guin's deadpan premise frames a series of travel accounts by the tourist-narrator who describes bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own, and sometimes open puzzling doors into the alien.Winner of the PEN/Malamud for Short Stories
Publish date: July 1st 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Short Stories
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book, but this definitely wasn't it. This isn't a story, or even several interconnected stories; it's a series of travel articles about different alternate worlds ("planes") that can be accessed by being uncomfortable in airports and reaching the correct s...
Changing Planes is a delightful book. It delights me.This anthropological tour through some of the stranger societies in the multiverse begins by explaining its basic premise: Airports are not only portals to other terrestrial cities, but also to other dimensions. Interplanar travel requires no ma...
An amusing set of shorts based on the conceit of being able to change planes in airports...planes of existence that is. Many of these are more by way of reports on the cultures of strange and alien lands and peoples than conventional narratives, but the doses of amusing satire prevent them becoming ...
Changing Planes begins with a tale about how Sita Dulip discovered a method of transporting oneself to another plane of reality, whilst waiting for her delayed flight at the airport. There then follows a series of short stories about one person's trips and experiences to these alternate planes.My f...
Not at all what I expected. Not a consistent storyline, but a series of short 'travelogues' about each plane to include it's history, etc.Each one of those has a strong moral tale, they are interesting, but rather pedantic.