PBS, a network well known for its releases of documentaries, from the history of New York City to the methods and exhibitions of artists at the start of the 21st century, has just rereleased a handful of documentaries from within the last few years, including one released last year about American sci-fi lit legend Ursula K. Le Guin, entitled Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin.
Directed by Arwen Curry and running up to an hour long, the documentary goes in-depth about the author’s life, mainly her career. It even includes interviews with her and other well-known authors, such as Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, and Michael Chabon.
Ursula K. Le Guin was – and still is – hailed as the queen of science fiction and speculative fiction, best known for her works taking place in the Hainish universe and her Earthsea fantasy series. Sadly, she passed away in 2018, the same year when the documentary first premiered as part of the American Masters series, a franchise on the network for a long time that examines the work of the nation’s most influential writers and creators, but much like the American Masters PBS series, her life, works and legacy will still live on.
While I personally haven’t read enough of her books to consider myself a fan, I have gotten a taste of her work, such as her vastly popular (and highly controversial) short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” and her novel The Left Hand Of Darkness, which is set in the Hainish universe as part of the Hainish Cycle and had garnered major commercial success upon release back in 1969 (yes, that long ago).
As you can tell by the title of this article, the documentary is time sensitive and will be up on the PBS website, courtesy of Open Culture, until this Sunday, August 30, 2020. So, if you want to watch this Le Guin documentary free of charge, jump on it by this Sunday or you’ll miss out!
In addition to that one, there are also documentaries on the lives and successes on Terrence McNally, Raúl Juliá, Rothko and Scott Momaday, all of which expire after this very Sunday, so stream them all while you still can…