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The Word for World is Forest is a science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, published in 1976 and based on a 1972 novella. It details an early effort by the people of Earth to expand into a galaxy loosely tied together by the Ekumen. The Terrans establish a logging colony and military base named "New Tahiti" on a tree-covered planet whose furry, big-eyed inhabitants have formed a culture centered on lucid dreaming. Terran greed spirals around native innocence and wisdom, turning the ancient society upside down. 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. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929) is an American author. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Ekumen is the fictional galactic federation of human-inhabited worlds mentioned in several of the science fiction novels of Ursula K. Le Guin. ... Lucid dreams occur during REM sleep after the person becomes conscious and aware of dreaming within the dream. ...

"The Athshean word for 'world' is the same as their word for 'forest'." Raj Lyubov, one of the novel's major characters.


Colonists from Earth take over a planet that the locals call Athshe, which means "forest," rather than "dirt," like their home planet. They follow the 19th century model of colonization: cutting down trees, planting farms, building mines, and enslaving indigenous peoples. The natives are ill equipped to comprehend this, since they're a subsistent people who rely on the forests, and have no cultural precedent for tyranny, slavery, or war. The invaders take the land of these tiny forest people without any resistance. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Colonialism. ...


Their innocent, ingrained obedience and the fact that they never seem to sleep makes them seem to be ideal slaves. One of the worst slave-masters is Captain Davidson (who is not the leader of the Terrans -- a common misconception), who regularly beats the "creechies", as he calls the Athsheans. But the fact is that they take a few dreamless catnaps spread throughout the day, and go into a state of lucid dreaming at will, and quite often. They also see the "dream-time" as a world just as real as the "world-time," and hate hallucinogens which the humans use, because they have no control over the dreams generated by the "poisons." Most of the "yumens" make no effort to understand this, and drive them harder when they catch them "daydreaming." Deprived of REM sleep, the slaves' mental and physical health deteriorates. The only human who begins to understand this is Corporal Raj Lyubov, who saves several slaves from grisly deaths at Davidson's hands. When a tiny native woman is raped by Davidson, and dies of her wounds, her husband, Selver, begins to dream of war. Lucid dreams occur during REM sleep after the person becomes conscious and aware of dreaming within the dream. ... Hallucinogenic drugs or hallucinogens are drugs that can alter sensory perceptions, elicit alternate states of consciousness, or cause hallucinations. ... Rapid eye movement (REM) is the stage of sleep during which the most vivid (though not all) dreams occur. ...


No one had dreamed of war before, but Selver is able to share his dream, and sing his plans with the rest of his people. The revolution upends the Athshean culture, but succeeds in ending Terran domination. For the atrocities he has committed, Davidson is exiled to an island of bare rock, that had been a thriving forest village before his rule, to be given food and medicine but no human contact for the rest of his life. The rest of the humans (except for Lyubov, who was accidentally killed in the revolt) return home on the next ship to arrive.


The novella version was a winner of the 1973 Hugo award. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Winners of the Hugo Award for best novella. ...



Ursula K. Le Guin's Ekumen series
The Dispossessed | The Word for World is Forest | Rocannon's World | Planet of Exile | City of Illusions | The Left Hand of Darkness | Four Ways to Forgiveness | The Telling

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Ekumen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (911 words)
The Ekumen is the fictional galactic federation of human-inhabited worlds mentioned in several of the science fiction novels of Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Ekumen worlds are some dozens of planets populated millions of years ago by human beings from the original human world of Hain.
In her stories of the Ekumen, Le Guin frequently uses the word "hilf" which is an acronym for highly intelligent lifeform, a member of a given planet's native human race.
The Word for World is Forest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (468 words)
The Word for World is Forest is a science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, published in 1976 and based on a 1972 novella.
"The Athshean word for 'world' is the same as their word for 'forest'." Raj Lyubov, one of the novel's major characters.
For the atrocities he has committed, Davidson is exiled to an island of bare rock, that had been a thriving forest village before his rule, to be given food and medicine but no human contact for the rest of his life.
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