One of modern literature’s greatest writers celebrates her birthday, today: one of the most lyrical, insightful, imaginative and important authors the SFF field has ever produced, a writer equally fêted by the literary establishment and the SFF community, a writer with complete mastery of SF, fantasy, historical, realist and children’s fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin.
Over a long and distinguished career, Ursula K. Le Guin has won five Hugo Awards, six Nebula Awards, two World Fantasy Awards and three James Tiptree, Jr Memorial Awards. She was the first author to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel twice – in 1970 for The Left Hand of Darkness and five years later for The Dispossessed. In 1995 she was given the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, in 2001 was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and in 2003 was named a SFWA Grand Master. And, in a long-overdue accolade from the literary mainstream, she was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters – an honour created to recognize individuals who have made an exceptional impact on the United States’ literary heritage.
Her acceptance speech was a work of art, in itself:
There are many who feel that she’s also overdue a certain prize out of Stockholm. Count us in on that.
We are extremely proud to be Ursula K. Le Guin’s UK publisher and have a range of her titles available in print and eBook, with more to come. There’s her selected stories . . .
. . . and some SF Masterworks . . .
. . . joining them, in March next year, is one of the all-time great SF novels: The Left Hand of Darkness.
And let’s not forget the magnificent Earthsea sequence . . .
You can find details of available print titles at Ursula Le Guin’s page on the Orion website, explore her available eBooks on the SF Gateway and read more about the author in her entry at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Happy Birthday, Ursula Le Guin!