Ursula K. Le Guin
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Ursula K. Le Guin was an American novelist, primarily in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. Much of her adult writing relates to issues of gender and sexuality. Several of her SF stories mention a faster-than-light communications device, the Ansible (an anagram of "lesbian") and this name has become common in other authors' works, most notably in Ender's Game and sequels by Orson Scott Card. It's also used as the title of the British fanzine Ansible.
As were many science fiction writers, Le Guin was a contributor to zines. One example is The Witch and the Chameleon.
Some Well-Known Works
- the Earthsea universe, starting with: A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Tombs of Atuan (1970), and The Farthest Shore (1972)
- The Hainish Cycle, a number of Le Guin's sci-fi novels and stories that take place in the same alternate history. The connections within the Cycle are not meant to form a coherent chronology.
- the novel The Left Hand of Darkness, which won the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1970
- The Dispossessed (1974). which won a Nebula Award, Hugo Award; Locus Award. Involves themes of anarchism.
- The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, a short story.
"The Left Hand of Darkness"
The "Earthsea" Universe
See this page for the fandom and example fanworks and fan communities.
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
A quote from this short story will sometimes be brought up in discussions regarding media, particularly in regards to themes and endings, perceived as bleak, dark or mean-spirited, particularly in modern media:
The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.