R.I.P. Ursula Le Guin (1929-2018)

I heard some more very sad news this morning: that Ursula K. Le Guin passed away on Monday at the age of 88. She was a great writer of science fiction and fantasy literature who was highly original and also highly influential. When I heard the news this morning I went through my bookshelves. I haven’t kept all the books I devoured as a teenager, but I kept this one:

I must have had this for 40 years or more. A Wizard of Earthsea vies with Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast as the best books I have read in this genre, way above the standard fare of the Swords and Sorcery genre. I must read this again in memory of the author, as I suspect will many others of my age who read it in their teenage years.

R.I.P. Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

8 Responses to “R.I.P. Ursula Le Guin (1929-2018)”

  1. It is an excellent trilogy, and there are now one or two more books at the end of it, which are also excellent (and also show some of the ways the field has evolved since the original trilogy was written).

  2. The link to her book is broken, because there are <em> tags not only in the visible text but also in the URL itself. The correct link should work.

  3. Although I consider myself a science-fiction (but not fantasy) fan, I’ve read only one book by Le Guin, which is neither science fiction nor fantasy and very different from anything else she wrote, namely Very Far Away From Anywhere Else. Most online reviews give too much away and/or misrepresent it. Just read it on my recommendation. 🙂 It’s not very long. 😀 It’s also a good counterexample to the claims by pseudoliberals that it is impossible and/or morally wrong to write about characters which differ from the author’s own in terms of race, gender, origin, sexuality, etc.

  4. Check out this speech by Le Guin (scroll down to almost the end of the page).

  5. My claim to fame: I know a woman (a girl at the time) who appeared in the (1980—there is an inferior one from 2002) film The Lathe of Heaven, which is based on Le Guin’s book of the same name. Part of it was filmed where I was living at the time (which explains how I knew someone in the film).

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