She was an award-winning writer in the realms of fantasy and science fiction, and called Portland home for decades

COURTESY: EUAN MONAGHAN/STRUCTO - Ursula K. Le Guin died Monday at the age of 88.Ursula K. Le Guin, the famous author who has called Portland home for many years, has died. She was 88.

Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, told the New York Times that she had been in poor health for several months.

Le Guin was known for her works of fantasy and science fiction and, in 2016, the New York Times called her "America's greatest living science fiction writer." Some of her best work was "The Left Hand of Darkness" and the "Earthsea" series.

She and her husband, Charles, moved to Portland in 1958. The surviving Charles Le Guin is the Emeritus Professor of History at Portland State University.

Although a prolific and award-winning author, Le Guin has always been a presence in the Portland area. She helped found Oregon Institute of Literary Arts, now known as Literary Arts, in 1984.

She also wrote poems and short stories.

Portland Playhouse and Hand2Mouth staged an adaptation of "The Left Hand of Darkness" in 2013.

According to the New York Times, millions of her books sold worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages. "The Left Hand of Darkness" has been in print for nearly 50 years. It's a story of an androgynous race of people on a planet called Gethen.

For more on Le Guin, visit her website at

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