RIP Ursula K. Le Guin

#RIP: the incredible #SciFi & #Fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin has died at the age of 88. She wrote more than 20 novels (including her acclaimed novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” & the #Earthsea series), as well as a dozen books of poetry, over 100 short stories (collected in multiple volumes), seven collections of essays, 13 books for children & five volumes of translation, including the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and selected poems by the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral. He works also include a guide for writers.

Her novels were translated into more than 40 languages and often delved into themes of sorcery & dragons, or spaceships & planetary conflict. Her novels include the following:

From the Earthsea series:

From the Hainish science fiction series:


This is a more complete bibliography.

Author Stephen King tweeted: “Usula K. LeGuin, one of the greats, has passed. Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon. Godspeed into the galaxy.”

Author Neil Gaiman tweeted: “I just learned that Ursula K. Le Guin has died. Her words are always with us. Some of them are written on my soul. I miss her as a glorious funny prickly person, & I miss her as the deepest and smartest of the writers, too. Still honoured I got to do this:”

He was referring to presenting Ursula K. Le Guin with a lifetime achievement award at the 2014 National Book Awards:

Our deepest condolences to her family, friends & fans. May she rest in peace.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)



J.K. Rowling Receives Rarely Given Honor

#HarryPotter author & creator #JKRowling has received a rare honor from Buckingham Palace: she is now a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, which was first established by King George V in 1917 & can only be given to 65 people at one time.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion. It consists of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 Companions of Honour. 45 members could be from the United Kingdom, 7 from Australia, 2 from New Zealand and 11 from other Commonwealth realms. Foreigners from outside the realm can be added as “honorary members”. While membership confers no title or precedence, recipients of this one-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “CH”.

Other Companions of Honor include:

  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Peter Higgs
  • Sir Ian McKellen

The Order of the Companions of Honour is second only to the Order of Merit, which is awards to people who have made ‘major contributions to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time’.


J.K. Rowling to Launch Book Club for “Harry Potter” Fans in June

J.K. Rowling to launch a book club for #HarryPotter called the “Wizarding World Book Club” in June, 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of her first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (a.k.a., “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

The club’s goal is to “create a global community of Harry Potter readers who are communicating with each other as they are reading the same book, at the same time.” J.K. Rowling’s publishing arm, Pottermore, also states that the book club “aims to surprise and delight those who have never read a Harry Potter book, as well as returning readers who want to join the conversation.”