Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies at 88

Ursula Le Guin American, an award-winning and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes, is seen September 2001. Le Guin died Portland, Oregon. PORTLAND, Ore. – Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88. Le Guin died peacefully on Monday Portland, Oregon, according to a brief family statement posted to her verified Twitter account. “Godspeed into the galaxy,” Stephen King tweeted, saying Le Guin was a literary icon, not just a science fiction writer. Usula K. LeGuin, one of the greats, has passed. Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon. Godspeed into the galaxy. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 23, 2018 Le Guin won an honorary National Book Award 2014 and warned her acceptance speech against letting profit define what is considered good literature. Despite being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize 1997 – a rare achievement for a science fiction-fantasy writer – she often criticized the “commercial machinery of bestsellerdom and prizedom.” “I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river,” Le Guin said […]

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