"The family of Ursula K. Le Guin is deeply saddened to announce her peaceful death yesterday afternoon," her family tweeted Tuesday from her official account. No cause of death was immediately given.
Le Guin's books have sold millions of copies worldwide, inspired other authors, and been translated from English into dozens of languages. Her work often explored themes unseen in other science fiction.
Le Guin was lauded many times over the course of her career for her contribution to the genre, winning top awards, including the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2014 from President Obama. In 2003, she became the first woman to be named a Grandmaster of Science Fiction.
Her latest book, published in 2017, was collection of essays titled No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters.
She is survived by her husband, son, two daughters, two brothers, and four grandchildren. Source: BuzzFeedNews