[[caption-width-right:280:If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.]]

Ursula K. Le Guin is a prolific writer, and is most known for her SpeculativeFiction novels, although she has also written poetry, nonfiction, and young adult novels. She is the daughter of a well known anthropologist and it shows in her world building which rejects the standard Eurocentric models. Her works often explore cultural, sociological, ecological, or feminist themes; UsefulNotes/{{anarchism}} and UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} also occasionally show up subtly (she is probably the best-known Western Taoist and has both written a commentary on and translated the ''Tao Te Ching'') or, in the case of ''The Dispossessed'', not so subtly (Anarres is an anarcho-communist society; this is a political book but not an {{anvilicious}} one: the subtitle is ''An '''''Ambiguous''''' Utopia'', and a central theme of the work is that Anarres has decayed in the years since its founding due in no small part to ideology and bureaucracy replacing revolutionary fervour). Her works have greatly influenced modern {{Fantasy}} and ScienceFiction authors, with systems, words, and ideas from her works showing up so often that some have become tropes in and of themselves. One of these was her coining of the word [[SubspaceAnsible ansible]], which has appeared in numerous scifi works since.

Her Earthsea novels have twice been adapted to visual medium. One is the oft-maligned [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] miniseries ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'' and the other is the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea.'' Le Guin has made no secret of the fact that she is [[AdaptationDecay not particularly fond of either adaptation]], though she was rather more charitable towards Studio Ghibli. She was herself very keen on a planned adaptation of the first Earthsea book with director Creator/MichaelPowell (of ''The Red Shoes'' and ''Black Narcissus'' fame) a screenplay of which was previously published, and regretted that it never received funding.

Her story "The Word for World is Forest" was included in Creator/HarlanEllison's anthology ''Literature/AgainDangerousVisions''.

Her works include, but are not limited to:

* [[Literature/{{Earthsea}} The Earthsea novels]]
** ''A Wizard of Earthsea''
** ''The Tombs of Atuan''
** ''The Farthest Shore''
** ''Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea''
** ''Tales from Earthsea''
** ''The Other Wind''

* The Hainish Cycle
** ''Rocannon's World'' (In which the SubspaceAnsible is [[TropeNamer named]].)
** ''Planet of Exile''
** ''City of Illusions''
** ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''
** ''Literature/TheDispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia''
** ''The Word for World is Forest''
** ''Four Ways to Forgiveness''
** ''The Telling''

* The Catwings Collection
** ''Catwings''
** ''Catwings Return''
** ''Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings''
** ''Jane on Her Own''

* Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore
** ''Gifts''
** ''Voices''
** ''Powers''

* The Fisherman of the Inland Sea

* "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas"
* ''Literature/TheLatheOfHeaven''
* ''The Wind's Twelve Quarters''
* ''Very Far Away from Anywhere Else''
* ''Literature/TheEyeOfTheHeron''
* ''Malafrena''
* ''The Beginning Place''
* ''Always Coming Home''
* ''The Birthday of the World''
* ''Literature/ChangingPlanes''
* ''Lavinia''