"I was very grateful, therefore, when Odo came out of the shadows and across the gulf of Probability, and wanted a story written, not about the world she made, but about herself. This story is about one of the ones who walked away from Omelas." http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/ursula-k-le-guin-the-day-before-the-revolution
"Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I'm going to go fulfill my proper function in the social organism. I'm going to go unbuild walls." — Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
Le Guin on the separatist society of Anarres, conceived as a permanent ongoing revolution and inspired by Odo: a woman, a philosopher, an activist, an anarchist.
I want to imagine Le Guin waking up today on an Ekumen orbital in her new body, welcomed into an interstellar post-scarcity anarchist utopia by the smiling face of Octavia Butler who is holding her hand, as Iain Banks walks into the room and says: Welcome, Ursula, to The Culture.
Read Le Guin "fail pretty wonderfully" by imagining speculative studies of communication among our non-human fellow Earthlings in "The Author of the Acacia Seeds: And Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics" http://interconnected.org/home/more/2007/03/acacia-seeds.html
China Miéville, on how to portray authentically alien intelligences. http://www.unboundworlds.com/2011/05/a-brief-interview-with-china-mieville-author-embassytown/
Early photos of Le Guin shared today by Arwen Curry who is creating the "Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin" documentary.
Le Guin writing from the perspective of the cat in My Life So Far, by Pard, parts I and II: "But they distinctly had good intentions, and good manners, too, admiring me, holding out their knuckles to me like noses, and making no effort to hug." http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2016/05/02/my-life-so-far-by-pard-i/
"Since I have a cat and a Time Machine, people naturally ask if the cat uses the Time Machine." —Ursula K. Le Guin http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2017/08/31/update-pard-and-the-time-machine/
“Feminist science fiction is at once a stop sign in relation to patriarchy and a go-ahead signal for women.” — Marlene S. Barr
(1994. Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond. Chapel Hill: UC Press.)
From Ursula K. Le Guin's essay "Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?" (1979. The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction. Ed. Susan Wood. New York: Putnam.)
Le Guin's dedication page in "The Dispossessed" speaks so much about that book, her ideals, and about the kinds of justice she imagined possible - it is dedicated to "the" partner, not "my" partner - removing the idea of property and ownership from love.
6. What is complete
The valley spirit never dies.
Call it the mystery, the woman.
the Door of the Woman,
is the root
of earth and heaven.
Forever this endures, forever.
And all its uses are easy.
—Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching, Ursula K. Le Guin (1997)
Two things, one origin,
but different in name,
whose identity is mystery.
Mystery of all mysteries!
The door to the hidden.
So the unwanting soul
sees what's hidden
and the ever-wanting soul
sees only what it wants.
Heaven and earth
begin in the unnamed:
name's the mother
of the ten thousand things.
The way you can go
isn't the real way.
The name you can say
isn't the real name.
On “Taoing,” chapter 1 of Tao Te Ching from her version (1997): "A satisfactory translation of this chapter is, I believe, perfectly impossible. It contains the book. I think of it as the Aleph, in Borges's story: if you see it rightly, it contains everything." -Ursula K. Le Guin