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R.I.P. Ursula Le Guin (1929-2018)

Posted in Biographical, Literature with tags , , on January 24, 2018 by telescoper

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)