Ursula K. Le Guin Stamp Getting Released by the US Postal Service

Here’s one thing that’s going right with Amer­i­ca’s decay­ing postal sys­tem. They write on the USPS web site: “The 33rd stamp in the Lit­er­ary Arts series hon­ors Ursu­la K. Le Guin (1929–2018), who expand­ed the scope of lit­er­a­ture through nov­els and short sto­ries that increased crit­i­cal and pop­u­lar appre­ci­a­tion of sci­ence fic­tion and fan­ta­sy. The stamp fea­tures a por­trait of Le Guin based on a 2006 pho­to­graph. The back­ground shows a scene from her land­mark 1969 nov­el “The Left Hand of Dark­ness,” in which an envoy from Earth named Gen­ly Ai escapes from a prison camp across the win­try plan­et of Geth­en with Estra­ven, a dis­graced Geth­en­ian politi­cian. The artist for this stamp was Dona­to Gian­co­la. The art direc­tor was Anto­nio Alcalá. The words “three ounce” on this stamp indi­cate its usage val­ue. Like a For­ev­er stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the val­ue print­ed on it.” The postal ser­vice has not said pre­cise­ly when the stamp will be released.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Ursu­la K. Le Guin’s Dai­ly Rou­tine: The Dis­ci­pline That Fueled Her Imag­i­na­tion

When Ursu­la K. Le Guin & Philip K. Dick Went to High School Togeth­er

Ursu­la K. Le Guin Names the Books She Likes and Wants You to Read

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