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Waking to a Diminished World

China Miéville's tribute to Ursula Le Guin published on his blog

China Mieville24 January 2018

Waking to a Diminished World

‘But only to us is it given to know that we must die. And that is a great gift: the gift of selfhood. For we have only what we know we must lose, what we are willing to lose…’

‘We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.’

‘The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.’


‘In between books one has these uncomfortable thoughts like, “Why do all the women writers get forgotten extremely quickly? Who’s going to keep me alive?” Nasty thoughts like that.’

If we were to fail you so, we would never have deserved you. We will not fail. 

Go well. 

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

21 October 1929 – 22 January 2018

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