Last night, fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, won the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards. She gave a speech about the importance of fantasy in a world of ugly realities.
Legendary author Ursula Le Guin published a roundup of new or recent fantasy books she's read over at Bookview Cafe, and her thoughts on Jo Walton's Nebula-winning novel Among Others are especially worth reading. In particular, she talks about what she likes about the way Walton depicts magic:
The BBC's Owen Bennett Jones recently interviewed Ursula Le Guin, one of the most important science fiction authors of the past half-century. The author of Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, and the Earthsea Chronicles, Le Guin has continued to write gorgeous, compelling tales of alien life well into her…
Need a break from holiday commercialism? Want to send a much-needed gift to groups cleaning up one of 2010's worst disasters? Great! Check out Breaking Waves, an anthology featuring award-winning writers like Ursula K. Le Guin and Vonda McIntyre.
Streaming on Netflix is a scifi romance with very deep philosophical roots. TiMER is about what would happen if a piece of technology could tell you when you would meet your soulmate.
After a short break, "Blogging the Hugos" is back with 1975 Hugo winner The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. I thought it was right in so many ways — so what went wrong?
It's 1970, and with this Hugo winner — Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness — we finally got the ladies up in here! And the men too! And of course, the menwomen.
LibraryThing's science fiction group had a great discussion about "wrong book, wrong time" situations, where you hate a book, but much later, you rediscover it and fall in love. What books are you glad you gave a second chance to?
Who opted out of the Google Books settlement thus far? Approximately 6,500 authors and other literary entities including such writers as Michael Chabon, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Busiek, and, of course, Ursula Le Guin.
Now that Google has declared war on China, can it take on a diminutive 80-year-old science-fiction and fantasy author? Probably, but Ursula K. Le Guin is not going down without a fight.
Ursula Le Guin did an interview with Vice Magazine (of all places) and explained exactly how you can make a mysterious technology, and a universe of 80 wildly different inhabited worlds, feel totally real.
Call it a sign of the times: A Public Radio discussion about the future of science fiction turned into a conversation about the ways SF is struggling. On the one hand, it's lost ground to fantasy, which has become the more popular book genre by far. On the other, the best science fiction writers still don't get the…
A new queer zine mixes science fiction legend Ursula K. LeGuin and bondage-porn czar Michael Manning into a heady concoction. The Gay Utopia, an "online symposium," includes a poem by LeGuin and an article (with NSFW pics) on Manning's art. It also includes a hilarious Q&A with a giant squid, an insect-sex-zombie…
What would weather be like if you lived in a planet-sized bag of oxygen? What would reproduction be like if there were a third sex who combined the genetic material of two other sexes by linking them at the neurological level and giving them braingasms? What would scientific progress be like in an anarchist-feminist…