Most famous fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin passes away



"I'm going to go unbuild walls". Perhaps it would be best if you imagined it as your own fancy bids, assuming it will rise to the occasion, for certainly I can not suit you all.

"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next", Le Guin said.

Le Guin was one of those rare writers who excelled at seemingly everything. "My kind of science-fiction writer fit right into this". It challenges our idea of what we see as like ourselves.

When asked to express her thoughts about Steven Speilberg's "E.T.", Le Guin stuck out her tongue. She recognized that our imagination can create worlds, and it can generate empathy. Author Mary Robinette Kowal considered Le Guin a mentor and a friend.

After graduating from Berkeley High School, Le Guin studied for a BA in French and Italian Literature at Radcliffe College in Massachusetts and an MA in the same subject at Columbia University in NY, graduating in 1952.

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As a Guest of Honour at the 1975 World Science Fiction Convention in Australia, Le Guin exhorted more women to write, calling out the male-only Golden Age of Science Fiction as a "Golden Ghetto" that produced stories for "adolescent engineers". Le Guin was one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers ever, although to say that is just to invite people to nod. I'm not competing with all these guys and their empires and territories.

In her stories of galactic societies, Le Guin - who was profoundly influenced by Taoism and Buddhism - sought to prove there is no total and permanent solution, either in theology, politics or human science past or future.

"I love concrete facts, whether they're real or invented", she told the Los Angeles Times in 1985. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.

Yet Le Guin shied away from cuteness. Its power seems inescapable.

She published her first novel, "Rocannon's World", in 1966. Her Earthsea trilogy has since been compared to J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis and sold millions of copies worldwide.

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In a career spanning more than five decades, Le Guin was prolific, and celebrated. The realm of Earthsea was first featured as setting for her 1964 story "The Word of Unbinding", with the author revisiting it for her fantasy classic "A Wizard of Earthsea" in 1968.

Le Guin was passionate, scrappy, and thoroughly antiestablishment. She is an icon who runs the risk of being obscured.

"During the Second World War, my brothers all went into service and the summers in the Valley became lonely ones, just me and my parents in the old house", she told, another science fiction website. Early on in Philip K. Dick's career, when he wasn't kept in print or read often, Le Guin defended him.

She had lived in Portland for nearly 60 years and had lived in the same house for the past 36 years. "Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art-the art of words".

She married Charles Le Guin in Paris in 1953. "We'll need writers who can remember freedom - poets, visionaries - realists of a larger reality".

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"She left an extraordinary legacy as an artist and as an advocate of peace and critical thinking and fairness, and she was a great mother and wife as well", he said, adding that the American author had been suffering from health problems for several months.

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