Fantasy and Sci-Fi Icon Ursula K. Le Guin Has Passed Away, Aged 88

A multi-award winning novelist whose ground-breaking fantasy and sci-fi novels have shaped generations, Ursula K. Le Guin has been an icon of both genres for decades. On multiple occasions, she has been awarded the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and World Fantasy Awards. In 2003, she became one of only a handful of women granted the title Grandmaster of Science Fiction.

On Monday 22nd January 2018, Le Guin passed away in her home in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 88, after having been ill for some time. In their public statement, her family claims that she died peacefully.

Over the course of her career, Le Guin penned over 100 novels and more than twenty short stories, as well as numerous poems and essays, all of which sold millions of copies globally. Her work uses fantastical and futuristic elements to explore issues of the contemporary world, including the environment, religion, sexuality and ethnicity. Many of her stories and novels have embraced the human condition so fully that they remain relevant and moving today, sometimes more than fifty years after their publication.

She was described in 2016 by The New York Times as “America’s greatest living science fiction writer”.

Fans, friends and colleagues, including other masters of literature whose works bear the mark of Le Guin’s influence, have taken to social media to commemorate the life and passing of such a massively profound creator.

The family of Ursula K. Le Guin is deeply saddened to announce her peaceful death yesterday afternoon.


“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin

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