Le Guin, one of the pioneering writers of science fiction and fantasy, passed away at her home in Portland, Oregon in the United States on Wednesday.
"The Left Hand of Darkness", the most famous of her more than 20 novels, won both the Nebula and Hugo awards and told the story of a planet with genderless beings. Le Guin's first published novel was the relatively straightforward SF fantasy Rocannon's World in 1966, and between then and her final book, 2017's appropriately-titled non-fiction collection No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, she published in the region of 70 titles. Le Guin won just about every major award you can win, and her mix of sorcerers and spaceships, literary fireworks and feminist sensibility influenced generations of writers who followed her. NPR books editor Petra Mayer is here to talk about Le Guin's legacy.
"I really don't want to watch American literature get sold down the river", she said while accepting a honorary National Book Award in 2014. Le Guin is survived by her husband, Charles Le Guin, their two daughters, and their son. Many of her warriors did no battle - they grappled with philosophical dilemmas and the social order as much as malicious shadows and dragons. Even in comparison to the world of realist mainstream fiction, the quality of her prose and thought was outstanding. "Sophisticated readers are accepting the fact that an improbable and unmanageable world is going to produce and improbable and hypothetical art", she said. She gained acclaim and awards in a time when there weren't many female writers in the realms of sci-fi and fantasy.
Le Guin was born in Berkeley, Calif., on October 21, 1929.
"Her mind was as sharp as a tack until the last moment", he said. She refused, signing off: "Gentlemen, I just don't belong here".
Ms. Le Guin had a form of feminism that she preferred to describe as humanism. "I was a good girl", she said of her early days in writing.
Other of her books have been adapted into stage plays, operas or TV miniseries, and an adaptation of The Left Hand of Darkness has been in development.
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