"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerant uncertainty: not knowing what comes next."
Simply one of the best writers of the twentieth century, Ursula K. Le Guin is not as well known as many more "literary" authors because her main body of work was wholly within the genre of science fiction and fantasy. Several of her books are among my favorites, including The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed and The Word for World is Forest. She expanded the genre by treating themes like the nature of freedom, sexuality and the interaction of cultures within the context of alien worlds, far across space and time. She is a consummate story teller while her prose epitomizes the best in writing. As a result you can enjoy her writing and easily understand her message even if you are not a fan of the genre. As a reader I am glad that I encountered her writing and will continue to return to it.