Ursula K. Le Guin
Examining society through rich characters and imaginative worlds.
October 21, 1929
Celebrated for such science fiction classics as The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, The Word for World is Forest, and The Lathe of Heaven, as well as the young adult fantasy Earthsea series, Ursula K. Le Guin is well-known for highlighting themes of sociology, anthropology, psychology, gender, environmentalism, and anarchism in her work.
Much of Le Guin's science fiction work is set in a common universe, covering about 2,500 years of future history beginning 300 years from now. Generally known as the Hainish series, it consists of seven novels and several novellas and short stories, among them The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel.
Her young adult-oriented Earthsea series(1968–2001), set in a vast archipelago where magic is common, is a celebrated landmark of fantasy literature. Novels in that series have won the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, John Newberry Medal, and a National Book Award.
Le Guin has since been honored with five Hugo and six Nebula Awards, the Pilgrim Award for services to science fiction criticism, and a PEN/Malamud Award in 2002. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated through example how the traditional novelist's interest in character and moral growth need not be alien to science fiction.