Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed Science Fiction Author, Dies

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed Science Fiction Author, Dies

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed Science Fiction Author, Dies

Le Guin, a fantasy fiction author best known for the Earthsea fantasy series and Hainish science fiction series, has died at the age of 88, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, did not specify a cause of death, but said she had in been in poor health in recent months.

Her last book was the essay collection No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, which came out in 2017. When those books didn't sell, she chose to try her hand at straight-ahead science fiction, and "Rocannon's World" was released in 1966.

Le Guin, author of some of the most popular science fiction and fantasy books, died Monday.

In a 1966 novel, Le Guin wrote about a little device, called an ansible, that allows its owner to communicate across land masses, even planets, in an instant. She received a number of awards over the years, including several Nebulas, Hugos, and more Locus awards than any other author ever. She met and married her husband, Charles Le Guin, while on a Fulbright Fellowship in 1953.

The writer was born Ursula Kroeber in Berkeley, California, on October 21, 1929, to a psychologist mother and an anthropologist father.

This news and Le Guin's legacy deserves a longer post (and will get one), but I wanted to make sure we mentioned it here because in the era of modern science fiction/fantasy, Le Guin has been one of the biggest forces for complex, inclusive and non-binary characters in the genre.

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Born Ursula Kroeber in Berkeley, CA, she began writing as a pre-teen, starting first with short stories and moving on to larger works thereafter. Why should she live her life on his terms?

"The Lathe of Heaven" was among the few books by Le Guin that have been adapted for film or television. Eager to find a more welcoming market, she made a decision to try her hand at genre fiction. I miss her as a glorious amusing prickly person, & I miss her as the deepest and smartest of the writers, too.

Celebrated writers including "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks have all credited Le Guin as inspiration. "I miss her as a glorious amusing prickly person, & I miss her as the deepest and smartest of the writers, too".

"Hard times are coming", she said, "when we'll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope".

"During the Second World War, my brothers all went into service and the summers in the Valley became lonely ones, just me and my parents in the old house", she told sfsite.com, another science fiction website. We who followed her as both readers and writers are the lucky ones.

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