Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. She was the bestselling author of the Earthsea books and the Hainish books, including The Left Hand of Darkness, which was awarded both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards. With the awarding of the 1975 Hugo and Nebula Awards to The Dispossessed, she became the first author to win both awards twice for novels. She passed away in 2018.
Praise for The Left Hand of Darkness
"[A] science fiction masterpiece."--Newsweek "A jewel of a story."--Frank Herbert "As profuse and original in invention as The Lord of the Rings."--Michael Moorcock "An instant classic."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own."--The Boston Globe "A towering figure in science fiction and fantasy."--NPR