“Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Dispossessed”, “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday (January 22nd 2018) at her home in Portland, Oregon, US.
She was one of the most important writers within the world SF&F field.
She was 88.
Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, confirmed the death. He did not specify a cause but said she had been in poor health for several months.”
May her soul rest in peace !
It is not a book in which difficulties are readily surmounted, a central structuring image of the tale being a wall that physically and psychically blocks any marriage of dualisms.
The book has been read as pitting a Utopia against a Dystopia, but, as the book’s subtitle implies, there are seldom absolutes in Le Guin’s work; the (at least initially far more attractive) anarchist society is in some ways blinkered and emotionally regimented, with the willing collaboration of its people. Ideationally the novel is very strong. With time, it is has become widely recognized as a deeply imagined work of art.”- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction