Award-winning Sci-fi Author Ursula K. Le Guin Dies At 88

25 January, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Ursula K. Le Guin whose science fiction and fantasy novels and stories helped elevate the genre has died at her Portland home. She was 88

She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters a year ago. Her parents were both anthropologists. She wrote non-white heroes in her novels, and was frustrated by whitewashing artwork and screen adaptations that betrayed her intentions.

Ms. Le Guin received the Grand Master award from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America organization. Her works aren't just influential: They loom like monuments over the horizon of our shared imagination.

Reaction to the news of the Berkeley native's passing moved swiftly among fans, admirers and fellow writers through social media. An imaginary world in miniature, and simultaneously a powerful and memorable "thought experiment". Her son describes her as "an extraordinary conversationalist".

"I don't know a single other writer who's done anything comparable and I find it unendingly moving".

I didn't see why everybody in science fiction had to be a honky named Bob or Joe or Bill. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. Its power seems inescapable; so did the divine right of kings. Fantasy, she told the Guardian in 2005, is "about power - just look at Tolkien".

"I have had a long career and a good one". We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds. The name of our handsome reward is not profit.

Le Guin balked at being classified as a "sci-fi" author. "I didn't mention the company by name, but it was fairly clear who I was most of all talking about".


Numerous essays in Le Guin's collection, "No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters", are from the Book View Café blog on her website.

While traveling to Paris on a Fulbright fellowship, she met historian Charles Le Guin and chose to set aside her doctoral studies. "My books have been banned simply because they are imaginative".

"Why do all women writers get forgotten extremely quickly?" she asked.

She often found herself making this argument. I think the battle's won. There's comfort in the fact that even after her death, the many worlds she created will live on. "The future is a safe, sterile laboratory for trying out ideas in, a means of thinking about reality, a method", she said in 2014.

To Le Guin, this genre envisioning was a moral necessity. "That's a real anxiety simply from watching what happens to women writers".

"She didn't suffer fools gladly, but that's not code for 'She was hard or unpleasant to be around.' She was an absolute delight and whip smart and very amusing". "I dedicated my most recent book to Ursula Le Guin, one of my biggest childhood influences". It might have been the first science fiction novel I ever read, but in my decades of reading since, I'm not sure I've read one better.

Her insight, wit and presence in this world will be deeply missed. "People are always trying to push me off the literary scene, and to hell with it", she. Having grown up in California, Le Guin studied literature at Harvard University and Columbia University and experimented with various other genres of prose and poetry.

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