Le Guin Has Died, Leaving A Little Less Magic In Our Lives

Emmett Rice
January 25, 2018

The author of more than 20 novels, including "The Left Hand of Darkness" and the Earthsea series, Le Guin is famous for weaving feminist themes into her and fantastical stories of other worlds.

In a post on Twitter about the author's death, Gaiman said Le Guin's writing would live on.

A documentary titled Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is now in post-production and is hoping to hit festivals soon. The novel featured the staples of science fiction-spaceships, aliens, imaginary planets-but it was a galaxy far, far away from the mindless action flicks I'd seen at that point.

Le Guin was often dismissed as "just" a science-fiction or fantasy writer, but admirers knew she was much more than that. Some of them are written on my soul.

Le Guin's parents were anthropologists.

Le Guin's essays also address feminism and gender rights, but deem mere anger at social inequities a seldom useful tool.

In 2004, the Sci Fi Channel released a Legend of Earthsea miniseries which Le Guin was highly critical of, objecting to its use of white actors for her red, brown, or black-skinned characters.

Le Guin was born October 21, 1929, the daughter of Alfred Louis Kroeber, an acclaimed anthropologist who recorded Native American oral histories, and Theodora Kroeber, who penned the widely read book about a California Indian, "Ishi in Two Worlds".

She unsuccessfully submitted her first story at age 11 before being published in the early 1960s.

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"I was told all the time by literary critics that (my writing) wasn't literature at all", Le Guin told The Chronicle.

Three years later she really found fame with The Left Hand Of Darkness, which imagines a future society where people are ambisexual - they have no fixed sex. Her 1974 novel, "The Dispossessed" also won both awards. Highlights of her career include "The Word for World Is Forest", "Always Coming Home" and "The Lathe of Heaven".

She had lived in Portland for nearly 60 years and had lived in the same house for the past 36 years. She made this fiery speech at the National Book Awards.

She once translated the ancient "Tao Te Ching", publishing her take on the Taoist classic.

Le Guin lived in Portland for nearly 60 years and lived in the same home for the past 36 years. We live in Capitalism, its power seems inescapable.

"The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art".

The exact cause of death has not been announced, but Le Guin's son told the Times that his mother had been in poor health for months. She was a best-selling author renowned for works such as her Earthsea series aimed at young adults. The ideas of balance from Taoism come through very strongly in her work, particularly in the "Earthsea" novels. We will need writers who can remember freedom. "We not only love her; we need her". Le Guin's first published novel was the relatively straightforward SF fantasy Rocannon's World in 1966, and between then and her final book, 2017's appropriately-titled non-fiction collection No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, she published in the region of 70 titles.

Stephen King tweeted that she was "not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon".

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