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At the National Book Awards yesterday, our Lady Le Guin accepted an award for distinguished contribution to American letters. In her acceptance speech she went to bat for speculative fiction writers in particular. See this link from Parker Higgins for the full text of the speech.

As NPR reports:

“I rejoice in accepting [this prize] for, and sharing it with, all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long: my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction,” Le Guin said.

She also had some choice words on the recent Amazon-Hachette battle over pricing:

“We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience, and writers threatened by corporate fatwa,” she said. “And I see a lot of us, the producers, accepting this — letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant!”

It just goes to show that writers tend to be anything but boring. Especially writers of science fiction and fantasy.

 

[Edited to add speech text and video links.]

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In honor of the wickedly dubious achievement of the three volumes of Clockwork Phoenix having sold a total of 666 copies in e-book form as of today, I am making my three strange short stories on Kindle (“She Who Runs,” “Sleepless, Burning Life,” “Stolen Souls“) available free for any and all to download on Amazon, starting today and continuing through Tuesday. Consider it an Evil Friday gift.

— via DESCENT INTO LIGHT » Blog Archive » Free Kindle stories! A sinister Black Friday celebration.

And who doesn’t like Evil Friday gifts (even if they come on a Tuesday)? Ends today, get them while they’re hot!

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