For over half a century, Karl Kroeber (1926–2009), the son of two influential anthropologists, was a popular university professor and a distinguished American literary scholar. During his career, Kroeber published over a dozen books on topics ranging from English Romantic poetry to American Indian literature. He also wrote about Ishi (d. 1916), the last surviving member of the Yahi people in California and one of the most famous Native Americans of the twentieth century, who was the subject of his parents’ anthropological research.
Karl Kroeber was also the brother of best-selling science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin.
In “Sisters and Science Fiction,” Kroeber jokes about a career overshadowed by famous parents and a famous sister and offers his thoughts on science fiction and his sister’s writings.