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Things We Saw Today: R.I.P Ursula K. Le Guin, The Queen of Fantasy


Right as today’s Things We Saw was coming together, it was announced that the science-fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin has passed away. This news and Le Guin’s legacy deserves a longer post (and will get one), but I wanted to make sure we mentioned it here because in the era of modern science fiction/fantasy, Le Guin has been one of the biggest forces for complex, inclusive and non-binary characters in the genre. From her Nebula/Hugo award-winning Left Hand of Darkness to her Earthsea series, Le Guin was a powerful voice for female authorship in a genre that leaned male for a long time. Her voice will be missed.

 

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What was your first Le Guin book, fantasy readers?

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