thank-you Ursula for all you did. You have been one of the finest thinkers of our time and left a tremendous body of work that will serve the world well with the storms we are facing. All the best for your journey. Always coming home. https://t.co/IIBehGjiGj
— weka – Flatten the Curve (@wekatweets) January 23, 2018
Obituary from the New York Times:
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 Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. 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.
Le Guin’s speech on receiving a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Awards:
Books aren’t just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.
I’ve had a long career as a writer, and a good one, in good company. Here at the end of it, I don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds; but the name of our beautiful reward isn’t profit. Its name is freedom.