Ursula K. Le Guin's National Book Award Speech Was Stunning

November 20, 2014 3:18 PM

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Ursula K. Le Guin's National Book Award Speech Was Stunning

Ursula K. Le Guin, a science fiction author venerated for her poignant diction, gender-bending characters and eerily accurate speculations about politics and technology, was honored for her life's work at the 2014 National Book Awards. Her acceptance speech was both eloquent and bold in its predictions and accusations -- which is par for the course for the author, who's delivered a number of notable commencement speeches.

"My fellow writers of the imagination ... watched the beautiful awards go to the so-called realists." Le Guin voiced her feelings about genre -- as a genre writer herself, she wishes science fiction and fantasy writers would be given due credit from critics and literary awards.

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