Wednesday 24 January 2018

Ursula Le Guin

"She was a better writer than any of us, past or present – we have lost our benchmark of excellence."

Christopher Priest has said all that needs to be said. I had never met her, nor read enough of her, but I regard The Lathe of Heaven as one of the greatest SF novels of the last fifty years.

Read the rest of Christopher Priest's remarks here:


  1. Great tribute from Priest. My personal favourite is Left Hand of Darkness.

  2. "Left Hand of Darkness" did indeed leave a mark. Re-reading it every now and then.

    1. Same here, I listen to my LHoD audiobook pretty regularly, at least once a year.

  3. Just started my first Ursula Le Guin, sad to discover her so late.

    Also, Alastair, have you seen this recent BBC news article:

    Who will be the first eighty?!