Ursula K. LeGuin

Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and More Pay Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin, prolific fantasy author best known for writing The Earthsea Cycle and The Hainish Cycle, passed away yesterday in her home in Portland, Oregon, at age eighty-eight. Le Guin is widely regarded as the greatest fantasy writer of her generation, and one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time, akin, some would say, to Tolkien, Lewis or any of the other leading world-builders.  

 

Le Guin, rightfully, had an absolutely enormous fanbase, including some of the most famous authors alive, including Stephen King, Michael Chabon, and Neil Gaiman. 

 

King tweeted, calling Le Guin a ‘literary icon.’

 

 

Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon posted this heartfelt message on his Instagram account, referencing his friendship with the author, who had inspired him from childhood. 

 

 

Meanwhile, fantasy giant Neil Gaiman seemed lost for words when he linked The New York Times article on LeGuin’s passing.

 

 

Later, Gaiman composed a heartfelt tribute to the author, linking a video of himself presenting LeGuin with a lifetime achievement award.

 

 

Holly Black, author of the The Spiderwick Chronicles, retweeted several tweets bemoaning the loss of LeGuin, including this one from The Demon’s Lexicon author Sarah Rees Brennan…

 

 

…and this one, from American astrobiologist and author David Grinspoon.

 

 

Margaret Atwood wrote this moving tribute to Le Guin for The Guardian, referring to her as “one of the literary greats,” and commenting that “her sane, committed, annoyed, humorous, wise and always intelligent voice is much needed now.” 

 

Ursula K. Le Guin touched the lives of millions and the depth and distance of her reach is undeniable. She will be deeply missed by everyone in the literary world. 

 

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