Today is Ursula K. Le Guin’s 80th birthday.
I read The Dispossessed for the first time during my junior year of college, and its lesson, in a friend’s words, that “it’s always more complicated” has stayed with me, even if I don’t always remember it.
Three Roads Four Ways to Forgiveness should be read by any would-be liberator from oppression.
Earlier this year, I was very happy to help arrange for her reading from Always Coming Home at Potlatch, a small literary SF convention, to be streamed into Second Life. Every time I see that screen shot, I can’t help but think that she’s conversing with the machine intelligences in the City of Mind.
Happy Birthday, Ms. Le Guin, and thank you for your books.