Ursula Le Guin American author of novels, children’s books, is seen at home in Portland, Oregon, in 2001. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, died peacefully Monday. (Benjamin Brink / The Oregonian file)

Ursula Le Guin American author of novels, children’s books, is seen at home in Portland, Oregon, in 2001. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, died peacefully Monday. (Benjamin Brink / The Oregonian file)

Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies

Her 1969 “The Left Hand of Darkness” involves a radical investigation of gender roles.

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