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The September 2022 update features five new biographies, including the science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin; actor Kirk Douglas; film critic Vincent Canby; and two prominent architects: the furniture designer Florence Knoll and Edmund Bacon of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) inspired generations of writers with her detailed and sensitive descriptions of alien cultures, her thoughtful worldbuilding, and her skilled and graceful use of language. She won eight Hugo Awards, six Nebula Awards, and the 1973 National Book Award for children’s books. Readers around the world also responded to Le Guin’s willingness to expand the boundaries of the science fiction and fantasy genres through examining subjects such as gender, colonialism, political philosophy, and cultural diversity.