Ursula Le Guin

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b. 1929

Ursula Le Guin is an American author famous for her fantasy and science fiction novels, although she has also written children's books, essays and short stories. She began writing at an early age, submitting her first story to Astounding Science Fiction when she was 11 (it was rejected). Her Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel The Left Hand of Darkness made her famous, and her Earthsea and Hainish Cycle series (of which The Left Hand of Darkness is a part) cemented her reputation as one of the finest writers of speculative fiction of the 20th century.

QUOTES

"To think that realistic fiction is by definition superior to imaginative fiction is to think imitation is superior to invention."

"Whenever they tell me children want this sort of book and children need this sort of writing, I am going to smile politely and shut my earlids. I am a writer, not a caterer. There are plenty of caterers. But what children most want and need is what we and they don't know they want and don't think they need, and only writers can offer it to them."

"To leave the reader free to decide what your work means, that’s the real art; it makes the work inexhaustible."