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Ursula K Le Guin - 1929-2018
The writer Ursula K Le Guin, who has died aged 88, presided over American science fiction for nearly half a century. Her reputation as an author of the first rank, and her role as ambassador for the genres of the fantastic, began in 1968 with her fourth novel, A Wizard of Earthsea. It has not been out of print since.

A few months later, Le Guin published The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), which won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards for its year, and which soon became the novel most heavily taught in universities during the first flourishing of scholarly interest in science fiction as a form of writing peculiarly well adapted to make arguments about the changing world. The book, a quietly revolutionary study in gender, has become a central feminist text.

by Bernard on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 07:49:40 PM EST
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