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Changing Planes (ISBN 0151009716) is a collection of short stories in the best tradition of Ursula LeGuin. More ethnography than science fiction, each chapter describes a different world populated by a society completely unlike and yet eerily similar to our own. Ursula K. Le Guin at an informal bookstore Q&A session, July 2004 Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929), is an American author. ... Ethnography (from the Greek ethnos = nation and graphein = writing) refers to the qualitative description of human social phenomena, based on fieldwork. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


A charming conceit based on a pun ties the book together: that the low-level discomfort of forced occupation of an airport while changing planes will, in fact, cause one to change from one plane of reality to another. Because of the different flow of time in other planes, one can spend a week visiting another plane and return in time to make your connecting flight.


During the course of the book, we meet a woman made of corn, a family of "royal" commoners, a people who have replaced biodiversity with language, and a society of nomads who invest tremendous resources creating a labyrinthine castle no one lives in. Binomial name Zea mays L. Maize (Zea mays ssp. ... Biodiversity or biological diversity is the diversity of and in living nature. ... Kazakh nomads in the steppes of the Russian Empire, ca. ... Classical labyrinth Medieval labyrinth Walking the famous labyrinth within the Chartres Cathedral. ...


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Velocity in inclined orbit: 7.726 km/sec at 28.5 degrees to equator.
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