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Ursula K. LeGuin, the best-selling author of beloved science fiction and fantasy novels like The Left Hand Of Darkness and the Earthsea series, has died at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 88.
“The family of Ursula K. Le Guin is deeply saddened to announce her peaceful death yesterday afternoon,” her family tweeted Tuesday from her official account.
Le Guin's books have sold millions of copies worldwide, inspired other authors, and been translated from English into dozens of languages. Her work often explored themes unseen in other science fiction.
Le Guin was lauded many times over the course of her career for her contribution to the genre, winning top awards, including the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2014 from President Obama. In 2003, she became the first woman to be named a Grandmaster of Science Fiction.
Her latest book, published in 2017, was collection of essays titled No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters.
She is survived by her husband, son, two daughters, two brothers, and four grandchildren, according to the New York Times.
Other writers paid heartfelt tribute to Le Guin on Twitter.
Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods, Stardust, the Sandman series, and Coraline, wrote on Twitter that Le Guin's words were “written on my soul.”
Stephen King, author of classic horror novels, wrote, “Ursula K. LeGuin, one of the greats, has passed. Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon.”
Mary Robinette Kowal, a puppeteer and author of Shades Of Milk And Honey, wrote, “I'm sitting in an airport crying. Ursula Le Guin. You have taken my words with you.”
John Scalzi, former president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, just wrote, “God damn it.”
Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, wrote: “Sad news. I dedicated my most recent book to Ursula Le Guin, one of my biggest childhood influences.”