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Ursula K. Le Guin 1929-2018

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I remember Lathe of Heaven and Wizard of Earthsea fondly. It was for a young preteen an introduction to some mind blowing concepts, and written so you didn't want to put it down. It made you learn, made you think, and made you want to read more. In that regard, her conquest of hundreds of thousands of readers was complete and total

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A Wizard of Earthsea is on the short list of fantasy novels that one simply must read. It's that seminal. Plus it's short, graceful, and written so well that a bright 10-year-old can understand it, while a college English professor can appreciate the depth of her achievement.


Her essay, "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie" is also one of the foundational works of fantasy literary criticism.


Her SF is equally significant.


We are lucky that she existed.


Dean Shomshak

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I read Wizard of Earthsea for a class in college (1976 iirc) and the next two in that series on my own; also Left Hand of Darkness, another novel whose title I cannot remember, and The Compass Rose, a short story collection, and a couple of other short stories elsewhere.  A master.  She was an invited speaker for my university's Convocation in September 2015.

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