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Old 01-24-18, 12:33 AM   #1
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Godspeed, Ursula K LeGuin

Unto the farthest shore, godspeed!

Ursula K LeGuin, feminist, writer, all around fantastic person, has died today, at 88. (Obituary)

Yes, she will be deeply missed.
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Old 01-24-18, 12:55 AM   #2
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Re: Godspeed, Ursula K LeGuin

Last February, Ms LeGuin wrote the following letter to her local newpaper:
A recent letter in The Oregonian compares a politician's claim to tell "alternative facts" to the inventions of science fiction. The comparison won't work. We fiction writers make up stuff. Some of it clearly impossible, some of it realistic, but none of it real - all invented, imagined -- and we call it fiction because it isn't fact. We may call some of it "alternative history" or "an alternate universe," but make absolutely no pretense that our fictions are "alternative facts."

Facts aren't all that easy to come by. Honest scientists and journalists, among others, spend a lot of time trying to make sure of them. The test of a fact is that it simply is so - it has no "alternative." The sun rises in the east. To pretend the sun can rise in the west is a fiction, to claim that it does so as fact (or "alternative fact") is a lie.

A lie is a non-fact deliberately told as fact. Lies are told in order to reassure oneself, or to fool, or scare, or manipulate others. Santa Claus is a fiction. He's harmless. Lies are seldom completely harmless, and often very dangerous. In most times, most places, by most people, liars are considered contemptible.
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She was 87, and not about to put up with bullshit.

She will be missed, but her work lives on.
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Re: Godspeed, Ursula K LeGuin

read a few of her stories, and enjoyed. godspeed dear
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Re: Godspeed, Ursula K LeGuin

I'm a fan.

R.I.P.
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Re: Godspeed, Ursula K LeGuin

"Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality.

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We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words." - Ursula K. LeGuin (source)
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Re: Godspeed, Ursula K LeGuin

Genre writers remember Ursula K LeGuin, and her influence in their lives, and their work, at The Verge (link)
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