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Robert Nowall
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I read last night that Ursula Leguin died, age 88. Produced a massive body of influential work over a lifetime. I enjoyed reading a lot of it.
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I grew up on Earthsea. She is part of the master novelist's I loved that helped me survive adolescence. It's too bad Ghibli studio and a handful second-rate film companies did her books no justice.

I still have my original books.

At least her legend will live on.

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One of the stellar Platinum Age science fiction writers -- rigorously aware of that Age's fantastic social science conventions to good effect, Le Guin struggled early in her career, works often rejected for "inaccessibility," which also plagued sister Platinum C.J. Cherryh's early publication attempts.

Incongruent that Le Guin loathed Google Books for its unilateral publication of intellectual property without creator consent, yet several of her essays on writing are most accessible there. Of note "Science Fiction and Mrs. Brown." (Explorations of the Marvellous: The Science and the Fiction in Science Fiction. Science Fiction at Large, periodical. Peter Nicholls, editor. Print. 1976; Le Guin, Ursula K. The Language of the Night. Putnam. 1979: pgs 101 - 120. Print.)

Mrs. Brown is Virginia Woolf and Le Guin's everywoman persona, sometimes everyman, everyperson. Also of note, Le Guin's literary craft analysis favorably compares to other stalwart writers' narrative theory texts, and standout, in that Le Guin speaks from a traditionally male-dominated bastion.

Providence's Grace be unto thee, Mrs. Le Guin!

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Loved her work. We are richer because of her.
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I wish I had met her while she was alive! We did read a little from A Wizard of Earthsea to commemorate her legacy. =)
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