The Best Of Ursula K. Le Guin

The world lost a titan of geek culture this week with the passing of Ursula Le Guin. The 88-year-old author was one of the most influential the field of science fiction has ever seen, penning a vast number of novels, essays, and short stories while winning high honors from the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. She was a born writer, penning her first fantasy story at 9 and sending one off to a magazine, Astounding Science Fiction, at just 11. Unsurprisingly, it was rejected, but she spent the next decade polishing her craft. From then on, she worked furiously, first crafting tales set in the fantastic realm of Orsinia and then expanding her lens to imagined worlds of all sorts. Her relentless imagination drove her to explore deep concepts and other mediums, including film and opera. If you’ve never delved into her work, there’s no better time than the present. Here’s the Geek guide to the essential Ursula K. Le Guin. The Left Hand Of Darkness Published in 1969, this novel was one of Le Guin’s major breakthroughs. It helped pave the way for feminist readings of science fiction, involving an ambassador from Terra who travels to […]

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