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Writers Are Taking To Twitter To Mourn Ursula K. Le Guin's Death

"Her words are always with us. Some of them are written on my soul." —Neil Gaiman

Last updated on January 23, 2018, at 6:32 p.m. ET

Posted on January 23, 2018, at 6:24 p.m. ET

On Tuesday, news spread that beloved science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin had died at age 88.

The family of Ursula K. Le Guin is deeply saddened to announce her peaceful death yesterday afternoon. https://t.co/DC7oy16EWD

Many writers took to Twitter to express their grief and admiration for Le Guin and the ways in which she and her writing changed their lives.

Neil Gaiman called her the deepest and smartest of writers and "a glorious funny prickly person," and said that her words are written on his soul.

I just learned that Ursula K. Le Guin has died. Her words are always with us. Some of them are written on my soul.… https://t.co/1YWmcgEnhc

Margaret Atwood said she had "an immense imagination, what a strong and trenchant mind."

I am very very sad. What an immense imagination, what a strong and trenchant mind... https://t.co/RfG8uySfmX

Stephen King proclaimed her a literary icon.

Usula K. LeGuin, one of the greats, has passed. Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon. Godspeed into the galaxy.

Rick Riordan called Le Guin one of his biggest childhood influences.

Sad news. I dedicated my most recent book to Ursula Le Guin, one of my biggest childhood influences. "Rules change… https://t.co/d9fBkHxMAs

John Scalzi was in shock.

I'll have more to say about Ursula Le Guin's passing, probably tomorrow. But for now, "God damn it" will suffice.

Mary Robinette Kowal said she was crying in an airport after learning the news.

I'm sitting in an airport crying. Ursula Le Guin. You have taken my words with you.

Cheryl Strayed shared a photo with Le Guin from 2014.

With @lidiamiles and the late, great Ursula K. Le Guin at @powellsbooks in 2014. #rip #sisterwarrior… https://t.co/Ez75YMaXRP

Shannon Hale said she was a "fierce and frighteningly smart" master storyteller and the Earthsea books were a "revelation."

Ursula Le Guin has died. She is a master storytelling. She is fierce and frighteningly smart and does not tolerate… https://t.co/GV0yH8q7ou

Rabih Alameddine called Le Guin "one of our greats."

Sad, sad news. Ursula Le Guin passed away. One of our greats. https://t.co/0wDZVDqF7Z

Poet Kaveh Akbar called her "a true original, a titan."

Miserable news re: Ursula Le Guin. She was a true original, a titan.

Hari Kunzru said he thinks "hard times are coming" (quoting a speech Le Guin gave at the National Book Awards in 2014).

I think hard times are coming ... We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries—the realists of… https://t.co/OiMnLwDOqc

Rest in peace, Ursula.

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