Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ursula Le Guin passed away Monday, January 22nd. She was one of the most influential authors in the industry, with her works such as The Left Hand of Darkness and The Wizard of Earthsea shaping the industry. Tributes have been pouring in via social media from the likes of Laurie Penny, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Guy Gavriel Kay and John Scalzi.
She was a Hugo Award nominee 23 times and won five of the prestigious awards in addition to winning six Nebula Awards. Several of her works, including The Left Hand of Darkness, Orsinian Tales and Dispossessed have been collected into Library of America. This means that her works will never be out of print.
She was first published in 1964, with a story that would begin The Wizard of Earthsea story. These tales would be (partially) adapted into the Studio Ghibli film Tales from Earthsea. Various examples of her work, including both her fantasy and science fiction, have been adapted for the stage, and a TV series based on The Left Hand of Darkness is currently in production.
Le Guin was a remarkable and unique voice in the community. A scholar, philosopher, critic, activist and social commentator. She will be profoundly missed by us all.