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

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

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