Ursula K. Le Guin died January 22 at the age of 88 reports the New York Times:
[The] immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.
Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, confirmed the death. He did not specify a cause but said she had been in poor health for several months.
File 770 hopes to run a full tribute later. Meanwhile, here are some of the initial responses from people in the field, some giving favorite Le Guin quotes.
“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin
Rest In Peace. ??
— Arnesa (@Rrrrnessa) January 23, 2018
Ursula K. Le Guin on art and resistance in a commodified world: pic.twitter.com/mb27r0CcDq
— Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) January 23, 2018
“I think hard times are coming…We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality.” One of the most powerful moments I’ve ever witnessed was Ursula K. Le Guin speaking these words at the National Book Awards three years ago.
— Katharine E.K. Duckett (@kekduckett) January 23, 2018
I just saw the sad news that Ursula K. Le Guin has died. I think I need to stop working, go for a walk with the dog, and give thanks for all her deep thought, wisdom and insight, distilled into so many massively influential books and stories.
— Garth Nix (@garthnix) January 23, 2018
"Day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death." The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
— Desirina Boskovich (@thedesirina) January 23, 2018
I just learned that Ursula K. Le Guin has died. Her words are always with us. Some of them are written on my soul. I miss her as a glorious funny prickly person, & I miss her as the deepest and smartest of the writers, too. Still honoured I got to do this: https://t.co/U4mma5pJMw
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 23, 2018
OMG GOD, NO!! https://t.co/UY3l9eMs2R
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) January 23, 2018
rest in peace ursula k le guin. thank you for expanding my horizons and showing me i could dream of flight, of space, of fire, of dragons. thank you for tehanu and tenar and seserakh and yarrow. thank you for your wisdom and your clear eyes. thank you for you.
— Likhain ?? (@likhain) January 23, 2018
Oh man. This loss to the field hurts like a knife. https://t.co/tbv5ExlggA
— ?RainbowRiotRambo? (@Catrambo) January 23, 2018
[Thanks to ULTRAGOTHA, JJ, Lis Carey and Cassy B for the story.]