Le Guin dies at 88

Le Guin dies at 88

She reportedly died at her home in Oregon.

Not content to limit her incisive examinations of society to fiction and allegory, Le Guin spoke and wrote frequently about contemporary politics. She married historian Charles Le Guin, and the couple had three children.

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

Today my inbox is filled with emails from other writers, especially women, all with a very similar message: No other writer has influenced me as deeply and profoundly as she.

"Anything at all can be said to happen [in the future] without fear of contradiction from a native".

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"Her mind was as sharp as a tack until the last moment", he said. Le Guin initially gained widespread fame with her Hugo and Nebula award winning novel, The Left Hand of Darkness. It seems telling that, of all the great fantasy writers, Jones and Le Guin are the two who became the muses for Studio Ghibli movies (even if both movies deviated wildly from their original creations): their's are worlds of beauty and melancholy, exactly what Miyazaki and his son died best. According to the official site of Ursula K. Le Guin, starting this month the film will begin its "online editing session, where we'll fix all the technical glitches, correct the colors, add closed captioning, and otherwise get ready for festivals, theatrical screenings, and eventual broadcast", said the documentary's director Arwen Curry.

Her work transcended the English language, as her books were translated into dozens of languages.

Yet Le Guin shied away from cuteness. She's a Grandmaster of Science Fiction - the genre's top honour and one rarely awarded to women. Although this description led to her ghettoisation as a writer amid the sci-fi bookshelves during her life, her preference was always to think of herself as simply a novelist, and the depth with which she considered her stories was reflected in their themes. "Multiple generations of her spiritual children, making the genre more humane and expansive, and better than it would have been without her".

Gaiman tweeted: "I miss her as a glorious amusing prickly person, and I miss her as the deepest and smartest of the writers, too". "The Left Hand of Darkness" was one of the first science fiction books I read, and some years later, when I made a decision to be a writer myself, I returned to that book. "Godspeed into the galaxy", tweeted King. And if you're reading a short story collection that blurs the borders of the speculative and the real, you're reading someone who owes something to Le Guin because she was one of the first writers to cross those borders too.

URSULA K. LE GUIN: I still kind of twitch and growl when I'm reduced to being the science fiction writer. When the National Book Foundation honored her with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2014, she took the stage and criticized the audience.