Science fiction can be fascinating—it can push the imagination to think about what science can achieve. Robots, dinosaurs, experiments … there are so many ways to imagine the world powered by science!
Well, one of the brightest minds in the field of science fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin, died at the age of eighty-eight last month. Ursula was famous for writing the Earthsea book series, and she went on to write fifty books that included poetry and short stories.
The third book in the Earthsea series, The Farthest Shore, won the National Book Award in Children’s Books. Ursula was an inspiration for many science fiction writers and most importantly, for female writers. She fought for women’s rights and racial equality. She actively wrote about these topics, most famously when she wrote about the movie version of her book. The movie’s director chose white actors to play most of the parts. Ursula wrote, “Most of the characters in my fantasy and far-future science fiction books are not white. They’re mixed; they’re rainbow.”
By the way, fifty percent of Xyza readers who took our poll asking who Ursula K. Le Guin is said she was a science fiction writer. Not bad, readers!
We are fascinated by the Earthsea books. Have you read any of them?