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Ursula Kroeber Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin at an informal bookstore Q&A session, July 2004
Born (1929-10-21)October 21, 1929
Berkeley, California, United States
Died January 22, 2018(2018-01-22) (aged 88)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Genres Science fiction

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (pronounced /ˈɝsələ ˈkroʊbɚ ləˈgwɪn/) (October 21, 1929 – January 22, 2018) was an American writer. She wrote books, poetry, children's books, essays, short stories, fantasy and science fiction.

She first wrote in the 1960s. She was awarded many Hugo and Nebula awards. She was given the Gandalf Grand Master award in 1979 and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2003. She got eighteen Locus Awards, more than any other writer. Her book The Farthest Shore won the National Book Award for Children's Books in 1973.

Le Guin was the Professional Guest of Honor at the 1975 World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia. She got the Library of Congress Living Legends award in the "Writers and Artists" area in April 2000 for her additions to America's cultural history. In 2004, Le Guin was the was given the Association for Library Service to Children's May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award.

Le Guin died on January 22, 2018 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 88.


Earthsea (fantasy)

The Earthsea novels

Hainish Cycle (science fiction)

The Hainish Cycle novels

  • Rocannon's World, 1966
  • Planet of Exile, 1966
  • City of Illusions, 1967
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969 (winner of the Hugo Award and Nebula Award)
  • The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, 1974 (winner of the Hugo Award and Nebula Award)
  • The Word for World is Forest, 1976 (winner of the Hugo Award)
  • Four Ways to Forgiveness, 1995 (Four Stories of the Ekumen)
  • The Telling, 2000 (winner of Endeavour Award)

Miscellaneous novels and story cycles

  • The Lathe of Heaven, 1971 (made into TV movies, 1980 and 2002)
  • The Eye of the Heron, 1978 (first published in the anthology Millennial Women)
  • Malafrena, 1979
  • The Beginning Place, 1980 (also published as Threshold, 1986)
  • Always Coming Home, 1985
  • Lavinia, 2008

The Catwings Collection

  • Catwings, 1988
  • Catwings Return, 1989
  • Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings, 1994
  • Jane on her Own, 1999


  • The Language of the Night, 1979, revised edition 1992
  • Dancing at the Edge of the World, 1989
  • Revisioning Earthsea, 1992 (a published lecture - essay)
  • Steering the Craft, 1998 (about writing)
  • The Wave in the Mind, 2004

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