Interlude: Another hero passes into history

Day 24[1]. 78,126 words.

I was saddened yesterday evening to learn of the death of Ursula Le Guin.

Her Earthsea series was one of the first sets of books I remember reading all on my lonesome and they had a profound impact on my conception of fantasy and my desire to tell stories. While I wouldn’t list her as an inspiration or a life-changing creative force, personally, she was without doubt a giant of literature and a legend in her field. Her contribution, both to my selfish little psyche and to the world, cannot be overstated.

Thank you, Ms. Le Guin, for your wonderful stories and your incredible imagination. You will be sorely missed, but your legacy and your tales will live on.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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7 Responses to Interlude: Another hero passes into history

  1. stchucky says:

    [1] I’m starting this like I started on the 1st of January. Something of a fudging, but it gives me a starting point.

  2. stchucky says:

    Short day today. Started late due to post-write-night sleep-in and a hefty dose of snow shovelling in the morning, and I have to leave early to manage Wump’s extracurricular training and stuff. Ah well, I have some overtime saved up.

  3. Wow, I hadn’t heard! I agree with your assessment. She had some fascinating books/ideas, but I never felt she really hit it out of the park most of the time. But she’s definitely an author I plan on introducing to my girls.

    • stchucky says:

      I feel I should clarify, because (interestingly!) this is one of those cases where objective and subjective ideas cut with the other edge of their blades. See, Le Guin’s stories and her cultural contribution and legacy, while certainly having an impact on my imagination and my attitudes, subjectively didn’t really inspire or impress me the way some other authors have.

      However, objectively, I really can’t overstate her impact and extraordinariness.

      Had a conversation with my esteemed fellow author on Facebook about Le Guin’s stance on publishing, which is utterly unsurprising given she was a super-established traditional author who could have blown her nose on a piece of paper and got it published. And I’m me. So of course we’re going to have different ideas about “freedom”.

      • aaronthepatriot says:


        Yeah I agree with that assessment of her writing, it applies to me as well.

        And as for the publishing bit, you’ll still have to rely on Patterson for that. At least he’s still on your side. Just don’t read any of his books because ugh.

      • stchucky says:

        On my side … of the grave??

        Too soon?

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