Ursula K Le Guin was an American author, famous for challenging gender and sexuality in the 1960s. The Left Hand of Darkness, published in 1969, was among the first books in the genre now known as feminist science fiction, and is the most famous examination of androgyny in science fiction.

Her works not only challenge gender norms, but also political systems and capitalism. Fellow author Kathleen Ann Goonan wrote that Le Guin's work confronted the "paradigm of insularity toward the suffering of people, other living beings, and resources", and explored "life-respecting sustainable alternatives". Although Le Guin passed away in 2018, her works will be fondly remembered and retold by queer and feminist cultural observers for their bold challenges to the status quo.

Photo via Portland Monthly Mag.

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