Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sci-Fi Legend Ursula Le Guin is Dead at 88

Ursula Le Guin, one of my favorite authors, has passed away.

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin* worked mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction, but she also wrote children's books, short stories, poetry, and essays. She started in the 1960s when women sci-fi and fantasy writers were rarely published. and her work often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality, and ethnography. The New York Times described her in 2016 as "America's greatest living science fiction writer", but she said that she would be known as an "American novelist."

She was a huge influence on other writers like Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks. She won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2003, she was made a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, one of a few women writers to take the top honor in the genre.

For me personally, she was an inspiration for her novel The Left Hand of Darkness, which remains one of the most stunning and detailed alien worlds I've ever read. I'll be reviewing that later on. She'll be missed.

* From Wikipedia.

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