Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929) is an American author. She has written novels, poetry, children's books, essays, and short stories, notably in fantasy and science fiction. First published in the 1960s, her works explore Taoist, anarchist, ethnographic, feminist, queer theory, psychological and sociological themes. Amongst her most known works are her Earthsea fantasy novels and Hainish Cycle science fiction novels.
Le Guin has received five Hugo awards and six Nebula awards, and was awarded the Gandalf Grand Master award in 1979 and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2003. She received nineteen Locus Awards for her fiction, more than any other author. The World Fantasy Awards presented her with Lifetime Achievement in 1995. Her novel The Farthest Shore won the National Book Award for Children's Books in 1973.