Farewell Ursula K Le Guin: Legendary sci-fi and fantasy author dies
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Award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K Le Guin has died.

Le Guin passed away at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 88. Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, confirmed her death but did not specify a cause, although the author had been in poor health for some months.

Le Guin is the author of more than 20 novels, as well as children’s books, short stories, poetry, and essays, her most popular work being The Left Hand of Darkness, which won the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1970, and the Earthsea series. With her 1974 novel The Dispossessed she became the first person to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel twice for the same two books.

During her career Le Guin won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Le Guin’s work featured the standard characteristics of science fiction and fantasy – young wizards, dragons and outer space – but challenged traditional ideas of power, gender and race in subtle and inventive ways.

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
The Left Hand of Darkness 

Tributes to the author are pouring in on Twitter, from writers such as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Hari Kunzru, Rabih Alameddine, Helen Macdonald and Stephen Fry:

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Categories Fiction International

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