Jan 25 2018
USA fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin died on Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, her family confirmed Tuesday. Le Guin's first published novel was the relatively straightforward SF fantasy Rocannon's World in 1966, and between then and her final book, 2017's appropriately-titled non-fiction collection No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, she published in the region of 70 titles.
Le Guin lamented the fact that she had to fight for recognition in the science fiction genre because of her gender, telling the LA Review of Books: "For a woman, any literary award, honours, notice of any sort has been an uphill climb".
"You're supposed to start out writing autobiographical novels and stuff, but for me that's the really hard and scary stuff - is getting anything personal in", Le Guin told Wachtel.
In 1953 she married Charles Le Guin, a historian.
"She was a very political and socially savvy writer, and these gave her imaginative spaces in which to explore different ways in which human beings can relate to each other".
John Scalzi, former president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, just wrote, "God damn it".
She was born on October 21, 1929, in Berkeley, California and later settled in Portland, Oregon in the northwestern United States. He told The New York Times that her mother had been in poor health for several months. She said, (reading) where I can get prickly and combative is if I'm just called a sci-fi writer.
Toronto man charged in deaths of two lacking males
Others have taken to social media to speculate on how McArthur may be connected to the disappearances of other men in the area. A homicide detective said yesterday new evidence surfaced this week that gave them a "definitive link", but did not say more.
Buses for Apple employees 'attacked' with pellet guns, company suspects
In an e-mail obtained by Mashable , employees were told that the new route may add 30 minutes to 45 minutes to their commute. According to an email sent to Apple staff, the first attack took place last Friday, followed by four more on Tuesday.
Israel judge orders Ahed Tamimi to remain in custody until trial ends
Nour Tamimi (2L) and her aunt Nariman Tamimi (2R) attend a hearing at the Ofer military court in the West Bank on January 1, 2018. The judge's decision signaled acceptance of the IDF Prosecution's arguments.
The literary world has been quick to express the feeling of loss in Le Guin's passing and celebrate the author's legacy.
Le Guin strongly urged publishers and writers not to put too much emphasis on profits and focus only on the writing. In 1969, Le Guin published "A Wizard of Earthsea", the first volume in a beloved fantasy trilogy for young adults.
Reacting to news of her death, USA horror author Stephen King paid tribute to Le Guin as "one of the greats".
Ursula K Le Guin in 2010.
Le Guin pointed out that her essays, written between 2010 and 2016, lack the political and moral weight of Saramago's; her topics are more personal - old age, literature, feminism, food banks and education, interspersed with stories about her cat, Pard. She was the recipient of a National Book Award, a Hugo, and a Nebula Award. Despite many of her protagonists being men, Le Guin has always considered herself a feminist, but was always confident in questioning societal conditioning and how it has impacted the human perspective on gender and sexuality. Their third installment, "The Farthest Shore", received the National Book Award for children's literature.
By the 1990s, the writer was still imaging radical inventions, but also weaving into her stories more nuanced explorations of sexuality and gender.
Jan 25 2018
Stripe ends support for bitcoin payments
On Tuesday, however, product manager Tom Karlo announced that the company will be winding down support for bitcoin payments. Today, Stripe reiterated its support for a viable digital currency , but said that bitcoin just isn't cutting it.
Jan 24 2018
Blast reported near Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan
Local TV footage showed a huge plume of thick black smoke rising from the compound and at least one vehicle on fire. The incident comes just days after assailants stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital of Kabul.
Jan 22 2018
You might want to disable Instagram's Activity Status feature
The feature should be live for anyone using app version 25 or later - so you probably have it if you've updated Instagram in 2018. Instagram is following in the footsteps of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, by introducing the "last seen" status.
Jan 22 2018
NYC Among 20 Finalist Cities For Amazon's Second Headquarters
Amazon officials said they reviewed 238 proposals from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Los Angeles was the only West Coast city on the list .
Jan 21 2018
Trump forced to shut down federal government
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said his office is preparing for "the Schumer shutdown ". "This is the behaviour of obstructionist losers, not legislators ", the statement added.
Jan 21 2018
Lithuania's cultmin off to World Economic Forum in Davos
Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO! In fact the plan was first reported in October 2008 , when George W Bush was still president. A visit was expected to attract mass protests.
Jan 20 2018
Supreme Court to consider challenge to Trump's latest travel ban
The appeals court based its ruling on immigration statutes, not the Constitution's prohibition of religious discrimination. But the has allowed the policy to remain in place even as the challenges proceeded through the lower courts.
Jan 19 2018
Revenue up at Penney's owner on record sales
The company's effective tax rate for financial 2018 is expected to fall by 100 basis points, following the recent USA tax reforms. Ingredients sales fell 1%, mainly due to foreign exchange headwinds, but AB Foods sees margins improving in the full year.
Jan 19 2018
Apple Looking Into Making Smaller iPhone 'Notch' Area
Apple is still years away from embedding all the sensors under the display panel and offering a notch-less all-screen iPhone. Industry sources told the publication that Apple is working with LG Innotek to shrink bezels on the 2019 iPhones.
Jan 19 2018
Belgium pledges $23m to UNRWA after United States aid cut
Nauert said that it was a move that was motivated by the United States desire to drive reforms at the agency . Along with Belgium's donation, various news agencies posted stories highlighting UNRWA'S humanitarian work.
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