Multiple storytellers tell of a fabled nameless empire that has risen and fallen innumerable times. Beggars become emperors, democracies become dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories.
Angelica Gorodischer was born in 1929 in Buenos Aires and has lived most of her life in Rosario, Argentina. From her first book of stories, she has displayed a mastery of science-fiction themes, handled with her own personal slant. Translator Ursula K. Le Guin has published over a hundred short stories, two of translation, and nineteen novels. Among the honours her writing has received are a National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, five Hugo Awards, and five Nebula Awards.