Fantasy and science fiction icon Ursula K. Le Guin has just died at the age of 88. Every fantasy and science fiction reader knows Le Guin's name, even if they have yet to read her work. The author of acclaimed titles such as The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven, and the Wizard of Earthsea series, Le Guin has been a pioneering female voice within fantasy and science fiction for decades, and her work has paved the way for the genre readers know today.
Le Guin has written over 20 novels, a dozen books of poetry, hundreds of short stories. seven collections of essays, 13 children's books, and five volumes of translation. Her work has been translated into over 40 languages.
Writing in genres dominated by men, Le Guin blazed her way forward, publishing work that challenged gender roles as well as the traditional tropes of sci-fi and fantasy. Her books were filled with dragons and spaceships, and all the things fantasy and sci-fi readers adore, and yet each one was unequivocally original. Her work always provided keen insights into the real world.
There is no doubt that Le Guin's imaginative pen and sharp mind will be missed by readers everywhere. Here are 15 quotes to celebrate the author and her amazing work.