Farewell Ursula Le Guin – the One who walked away from Omelas

Menadue, Christopher Benjamin (2018) Farewell Ursula Le Guin – the One who walked away from Omelas. The Conversation, 25 January 2018.

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[Extract] Author Ursula Kroeber Le Guin has been the subject of critical debate, analysis and discussion for generations. She died this week at the age of 88.

Le Guin published her first paid work April in Paris in the September 1962 issue of the magazine Fantastic Stories of the Imagination - and I am the proud owner of an original copy. I am a lifelong Le Guin fan, but also an academic exploring how science fiction is a cultural artefact that acts as a lens on changing attitudes and specific issues of its time. For me, Le Guin hit the sweet spots of her time powerfully and frequently.

Le Guin explored what it is to be human, faults and all, and the impact and influence of her work is undeniable in the world of fantasy and science fiction.

Item ID: 53187
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: science fiction; fantasy; Ursula LeGuin; obituary
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 05:00
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