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ISBN13: 9780441007318
ISBN10: 0441007317
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Not only is The Left Hand of Darkness a masterpiece of ideas, invention, and language, but it takes conventional assumptions about gender and grinds them into a fine, powdery dust. Published in 1969, the book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and went on to become one of the keystones of science fiction. It tells the story of an ethnologist sent to another planet, but it is Le Guin's powers of imagination that turn The Left Hand of Darkness into something truly transcendent.
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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.

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"An instant classic." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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“[A] science fiction masterpiece.” Newsweek

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“A jewel of a story.” Frank Herbert

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“As profuse and original in invention as The Lord of the Rings.” Michael Moorcock

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“An instant classic.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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“Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own.” The Boston Globe

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“Stellar…A triumphant return to the magic-drenched world of Earthsea…Le Guin is still at the height of her powers, a superb stylist with a knack for creating characters who are both wise and deeply humane. A major event in fantasy literature.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“Richly told…Le Guin hasn't lost her touch. She draws us into the magical land and its inhabitants doings immediately.” Booklist

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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for "Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year," this famous novel tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender.

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Her novels include Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, City of Illusions, and The Left Hand of Darkness. With the awarding of the 1975 Hugo and Nebula Awards to The Dispossessed, she became the first author to win both awards twice for novels. Le Guin lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Emily Lehman, November 11, 2008 (view all comments by Emily Lehman)
I was told this book was a classic and that I had to read it, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy it that much. But I couldn't put it down. The story is touching and compelling, and most of all human. Just a really beautiful book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441007318
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Publisher:
Ace Books
Author:
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Extraterrestrial beings
Subject:
Gender identity
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Ace trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Ace Science Fiction
Series Volume:
106-703
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.29x5.29x.90 in. .59 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Ace Books - English 9780441007318 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Not only is The Left Hand of Darkness a masterpiece of ideas, invention, and language, but it takes conventional assumptions about gender and grinds them into a fine, powdery dust. Published in 1969, the book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and went on to become one of the keystones of science fiction. It tells the story of an ethnologist sent to another planet, but it is Le Guin's powers of imagination that turn The Left Hand of Darkness into something truly transcendent.

"Review" by , "An instant classic."
"Review" by , “[A] science fiction masterpiece.”
"Review" by , “A jewel of a story.”
"Review" by , “As profuse and original in invention as The Lord of the Rings.”
"Review" by , “An instant classic.”
"Review" by , “Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own.”
"Review" by , “Stellar…A triumphant return to the magic-drenched world of Earthsea…Le Guin is still at the height of her powers, a superb stylist with a knack for creating characters who are both wise and deeply humane. A major event in fantasy literature.”
"Review" by , “Richly told…Le Guin hasn't lost her touch. She draws us into the magical land and its inhabitants doings immediately.”
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for "Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year," this famous novel tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender.
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