I missed this at the time it was published, but want to flag up Vandana Singh’s lovely and moving post, True Journey is Return: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin
The best tribute I can give Le Guin, as a writer, is to honor her teaching and be conscious of what messages I’m putting out into the world. Am I asking the hard questions? Are there hard questions I’m avoiding?
Charlie Jane Anders, The Left Hand of Darkness at Fifty
The Left Hand of Darkness was published fifty years ago, but still packs as much power as it did in 1969. Maybe even more so, because now more than ever we need its core story of two people learning to understand each other in spite of cultural barriers and sexual stereotypes.
Wonderful essay by Charlie Jane Anders about Ursula Le Guin’s Hainish universe, Unlocking the Full Brilliance of Ursula Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle
It makes me want to go back and read them all again from the beginning.
Lovely article by Becky Chambers about Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, which I’m currently re-reading for about the millionth time, How The Left Hand of Darkness Changed Everything.
I’ve got Chambers’s own third novel, Record of a Spaceborn Few, saved to read over Christmas.
Ursula Le Guin’s final collaborator, David Naimon, joins LARB podcasters to talk about his new book, Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, and his experience of working with Le Guin during the last years of her life.
Ursula K. Le Guin’s cat has a blog and it is wonderful.
And there’s lots of room for just—I hate to say hack writing—I guess ordinary storytelling is really what I mean. There’s always room for another story. There’s always room for another tune, right? Nobody can write too many tunes. So if you have stories to tell and can tell them competently, then somebody will want to hear it if you tell it well at all. To believe that there is somebody who wants to hear that story is the kind of confidence a writer has to have when they’re in the period of learning their craft and not selling stuff and not really knowing what they’re doing.
Ursula K le Guin, Interview Magazine
Read the the whole thing. It’s great.