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The Short Form

Realism in an Imaginary Country

Ursula K. Le Guin in the introduction to The Unreal and the Real: Volume One, talking about her choice to base a good part of her work in a made-up country, Orisinia: 

By the early Sixties, when I finally began getting stories published, I was quite certain that reality is often best represented slantwise, backwards, or as if it were an imaginary country, and also that I could write about anywhere and anything I liked, with a hope though no expectation that somebody, somewhere, would publish it.