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Burt, Stephanie. "The Dream of Power and the Power of Dreams: Ursula k. le guin and the x-men." The Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin. Science, Fiction, Ethics. Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture. New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 107–19. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82827-1_7
BibTeX citation key: Burt2021
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Keywords: "X-Men", Le Guin. Ursula K., Literature, Superhero, USA
Creators: Burt
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
Collection: The Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin. Science, Fiction, Ethics
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Ursula K. Le Guin’s evolving concepts of power, technology, and responsibility find echoes and interpretations in several stories about the X-Men. The 1980s X-Men storyline called The Asgardian Wars explicitly rewrites The Lathe of Heaven, distinguishing—in Ursula Franklin’s terms—prescriptive and controlling from holistic and craft-like technology, and recommending that users of technological or magical power consider their roles within the systems that they attempt to change. Le Guin’s later consideration of powers and superpowers in the trilogy Annals of the Western Shore parallels the later superhero storyline Age of X-Man in its refusal of human perfectibility. Finally, Le Guin’s story “The Flyers of Gy” replicates the mutant metaphor at the heart of X-stories: mutants do not and cannot refuse the powers that set them apart.
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