On this (long delayed) episode of Nerd & Tie, we mourn the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin, ponder the bizarre internet campaign against Black Panther, contemplate American Gods getting a new showrunner, get mad at J.K. Rowling over her cowardice regarding Dumbledore’s sexuality, and get a kick over Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s alternate Chinese title.
We ended up recording this on a couple different nights due to technical difficulties, and there’s an important announcement about a change to the show’s format starting next episode.
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It was reported yesterday that acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin has passed away. The death was confirmed by her son Theo Downes-Le Guin, and while he stated she had been having health problems these last few months, he did not reveal the cause of death.
Le Guin was, of course, the author of many books, including the Earthsea series and The Left Hand of Darkness. Her influence on the literary world cannot really be understated. Reactions from other authors and creators have, of course, been heartfelt:
Le Guin was a brilliant writer, a pioneer, and master of her craft. It’s always sad to see the world lose another great, as things seem slightly less brighter.
Ursula K. Le Guin was 88 years old.