Happy Birthday Ursula K. Le Guin!
Today in Le Guin’s honor, people are blogging birthday wishes to her and discussing her work.
Here’s a starting point for today’s wishes and thoughts for her:
* Happy Birthday from Feminist SF: The Blog
* Happy Birthday from Aqueduct Press!
* Happy Birthday from Finding Dulcinea
* Happy Birthday from the SFWA
* Interview with Guernica magazine (not a birthday tribute, but good)
There wasnâ€™t any aha! moment about feminism for me. I just kept reading stuff and thinking. My mind works slowly and obscurely, and I mostly find out what Iâ€™m doing by looking at what Iâ€™m doing or have done. Mostly I donâ€™t even do that. But when what I do isnâ€™t getting done very well, when it seems to be stuck or going wrong, that induces me to look at it. â€˜What am I doing? Why isnâ€™t it behaving?â€™ This happened in the middle of The Eye of the Heron, when Lev insisted on getting himself killed in the middle of the story, leaving my book without a hero, and me wondering what the hell? It took a good deal of backing up and pondering over what I had written to realize that Luz had been the hero all along, that Luz was the one who would lead her people into the wilderness. I can identify that as the moment when I consciously shifted from a male protagonist to a female protagonist, when the male was marginalized and the woman became the center.
Alongside the great storytelling and stimulating ideas in her fiction, the breadth and depth of the body of her work is inspiring. Her creative work spans many years and many literary forms. She’s a translator, a teacher, a scholar and intellectual, respected all over the world.
What is your favorite of her books?
What has Le Guin’s work meant to you over the course of your life?
Was she, or was her work, a touchstone for you as a geek feminist?