Ursula K. Le Guin, science fiction writer, dies at 88

Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin has died, her agent told TheWrap Tuesday. She was 88.

Le Guin died at her home in Portland, Oregon, on Monday. Her son told The New York Times she had been in poor health for months.

Her agent had no further statement at this time.

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LOS ANGELES - DEC 15: Ursula Le Guin at home in Portland, Origon, California December 15 2005. (Photo by Dan Tuffs/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 12/20/1985-San Francisco: One of science fiction's leading authors, Ursula K. LeGuin has been writing for years while raising a family in Portland, Oregon, and seems mildly astonished that she's credited with more than 20 books. LeGuin is shown during recent interview in San Francisco. Though she has written poetry, and even a very earthbound travel piece, most of her books are filed under science fiction. UPI Ph.: M. Klimek
LOS ANGELES - DEC 15: Ursula Le Guin at home in Portland, Origon, California December 15 2005. (Photo by Dan Tuffs/Getty Images)
June 5, 2008 Studio photos of books for Sunday Books. Featured: Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin Toronto Star/Aaron Lynett (Photo by Aaron Lynett/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 09: Author Ursula Le Guin booksigning at the 2011 Wordstock Literary Festival at the Oregon Convention Center on October 9, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) One of science fiction's leading authors, Ursula K. Le Guin has been writing for years while raising a family in Portland, Oregon, and seems mildly astonished that she's credited with more than 20 books. Le Guin is shown during a recent interview in San Francisco. Though she has written poetry, and even a very earthbound travel piece, most of her books are filed with science fiction.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Ursula K. Le Guin attends 2014 National Book Awards on November 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Sunday Books -- 05/24/2006 --Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin. (Photo by Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Ursula K. Le Guin attends 2014 National Book Awards on November 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Portrait of author Ursula Le Guin at Wordstock Literary Festival in Portland, Oregon, USA on 9th October 2011. (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)
PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 09: Author Ursula Le Guin booksigning at the 2011 Wordstock Literary Festival at the Oregon Convention Center on October 9, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Getty Images)
Ursula K. Le Guin during 15th Annual Literary Awards Festival to Benefit PEN USA at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage for Mann Productions)
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Le Guin has sold millions of copies of her books, which have been translated into 40 languages, many of which have been in print for the better half of a century. Le Guin brought feminist ideals to the science fiction and fantasy genre,  writing more than 20 novels, along with books of poetry, dozens of short stories, collections of essays and children’s books.

Perhaps her most popular book is the “thought experiment” titled “The Left Hand of Darkness,” published in 1969, which takes place on a planet in which people do not have gender but go between genders throughout their lives.

“I eliminated gender to find out what was left,” Le Guin once told The Guardian. The novel won the Hugo and Nebula awards, and is often taught in high school and college.

Le Guin is survived by her husband, son, two daughters, two brothers and four grandchildren.

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