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The death of Ursula K Le Guin
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dustydigger
Posted 2018-01-24 2:50 AM (#16755)
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Sad news about Ursula k Le Guins death at 88. Major influence on women SF/F fantasy authors.
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justifiedsinner
Posted 2018-01-24 9:27 AM (#16756 - in reply to #16755)
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And men too. Scalzi has a tribute on the Tor website (as does Jo Walton). Surprised not to have heard anything from Atwood, her biggest frenemy.
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Posted 2018-01-24 10:01 PM (#16758 - in reply to #16756)
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justifiedsinner - 2018-01-24 9:27 AM And men too. Scalzi has a tribute on the Tor website (as does Jo Walton). Surprised not to have heard anything from Atwood, her biggest frenemy.

Atwood has spoken about Le Guin now as have just about everybody.  The eulogies are many and pretty amazing.  She certainly touched a lot of lives.  I was thinking about kicking off an Ursula K. Le Guin Memorial Reading Challenge to honor her and her work.  What do ya'll think?  I can't think of a better way to celebrate her life than by reading her work.

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dalex
Posted 2018-01-25 4:57 AM (#16761 - in reply to #16758)
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I grew up in the era of Old Man Sci-Fi (Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, et al) so I was pretty sure I hated sci-fi. And then I discovered Ursula Le Guin (and Madeline L'Engle, and later Octavia Butler) and realized sci-fi could be very very good. I definitely credit Le Guin with my love for sci-fi.
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justifiedsinner
Posted 2018-01-25 8:03 AM (#16762 - in reply to #16755)
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Thanks Dave, managed to track the Atwood piece. A good eulogy, here's the link for anyone interested:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/24/ursula-k-le-guin-marga...
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Weesam
Posted 2018-01-27 10:56 PM (#16780 - in reply to #16762)
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It's very sad. But she lead an amazing life.

A Le Guin reading challenge sounds like a wonderful way to honour her and her legacy, Dave. So many of her books that I still haven't read.
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Posted 2018-01-28 1:55 PM (#16787 - in reply to #16780)
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OK, the Ursula K. Le Guin Memorial Reading Challenge is up and running.  I hope to see you all there!
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dalex
Posted 2018-02-09 4:25 AM (#16828 - in reply to #16787)
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I was poking around WWEnd yesterday and found that Alma Alexander's profile contains this quote, "When asked what she would be if she weren't a writer, she quotes Ursula LeGuin's answer to that question: Dead." It seems rather inappropriate in light of LeGuin's recent passing (in my opinion). Should the profile be edited to remove that?
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Posted 2018-02-12 9:14 AM (#16839 - in reply to #16828)
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I don't think there's any reason for concern here.  It's a quote from Le Guin that she agrees with.  Neither of them could imagine themselves as being anything other than a writer and Le Guin was a writer right up until her passing.  It's a little bittersweet but it's also a reminder that she lived the way she wanted.
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dalex
Posted 2018-02-18 3:13 AM (#16858 - in reply to #16839)
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Administrator - 2018-02-12 10:14 AM I don't think there's any reason for concern here.  It's a quote from Le Guin that she agrees with.  Neither of them could imagine themselves as being anything other than a writer and Le Guin was a writer right up until her passing.  It's a little bittersweet but it's also a reminder that she lived the way she wanted.

It stuck me as a bit odd but your reasoning makes sense. Thanks.

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