Le Guin describes the collection as a retrospective. It includes many stories which had been published previously or expanded into novels. Others take place in locations that feature in her full-length novels. Semley's Necklace became the prologue to Rocannon's World. The Word of Unbinding and The Rule of Names both take place in Earthsea. Winter's King takes place on Gethen, the same planet which is the stage of The Left Hand of Darkness. The Day Before the Revolution is a companion to The Dispossessed.
This title contains the following stories: