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The Left Hand of Darkness (Remembering Tomorrow)

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ISBN13: 9780441478125
ISBN10: 0441478123
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Awards

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

Synopses & Reviews

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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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"A jewel of a story." Frank Herbert

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"A science fiction masterpiece." Newsweek

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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." Boston Globe

Review:

"As profuse and original in invention as The Lord of the Rings" Michael Moorcock

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"An instant classic." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Synopsis:

When The Left Hand of Darkness first appeared in 1969, the original jacket copy read, "Once in a long while a whole new world is created for us. Such worlds are Middle Earth, Dune—and such a world is Winter."  Twenty-five years and a Hugo and Nebula Award later, these words remain true. In Winter, or Gethen, Ursula K. Le Guin has created a fully realized planet and people. But Gethen society is more than merely a fascinating creation. The concept of a society existing totally without sexual prejudices is even more relevant today than it was in 1969. This special 25th anniversary edition of The Left Hand of Darkness contains not only the complete, unaltered text of the landmark original but also a thought-provoking new afterword and four new appendixes by Ms. Le Guin.

When the human ambassador Genly Ai is sent to Gethen, the planet known as Winter by those outsiders who have experienced its arctic climate, he thinks that his mission will be a standard one of making peace between warring factions. Instead the ambassador finds himself wildly unprepared. For Gethen is inhabited by a society with a rich, ancient culture full of strange beauty and deadly intrigue—a society of people who are both male and female in one, and neither. This lack of fixed gender, and the resulting lack of gender-based discrimination, is the very cornerstone of Gethen life. But Genly is all too human. Unless he can overcome his ingrained prejudices about the significance of "male" and "female," he may destroy both his mission and himself.

Synopsis:

Ursula K. Le Guin's award-winning, groundbreaking science fiction classic takes us to the world of Winter, and introduces us to its inhabitants, the Gethenians-whose society is not based on gender roles.

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin lives in Portland, Oregon.

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MPauline, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by MPauline)
Love Le Guin's idea of humankind, of empathy, intimacy, curiosity - "the other worlds among the stars--the other kinds of men, the other lives."
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Katherine Stuart, November 20, 2008 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
A beautiful example of the flexibility of Le Guin’s writing with parts of it being official reports, parts of it a record of a people’s myths, and parts excerpts from a person’s diary. She accomplishes the study of gender that Heinlein so clumsily failed at in I Will Fear No Evil. And she does it so well. How does a man live among and relate to a people who have no true gender? Le Guin proceeds to answer this and she also, in a way no one has ever done before, shows me the true bias and danger of using the male pronoun as the gender neutral pronoun – the way Gentry Ai so effectively silences the feminine.

It’s stunning, brutal and bittersweet. A friend of mine says it belongs in the best 50 books ever written in the English language. I’m inclined to agree.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441478125
Introduction:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Publisher:
Ace Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Mass Market
Series:
Remembering Tomorrow
Series Volume:
200
Publication Date:
19870331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.88x4.26x.93 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages ACE Charter - English 9780441478125 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A jewel of a story."
"Review" by , "A science fiction masterpiece."
"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 , "As profuse and original in invention as The Lord of the Rings"
"Review" by , "An instant classic."
"Synopsis" by ,

When The Left Hand of Darkness first appeared in 1969, the original jacket copy read, "Once in a long while a whole new world is created for us. Such worlds are Middle Earth, Dune—and such a world is Winter."  Twenty-five years and a Hugo and Nebula Award later, these words remain true. In Winter, or Gethen, Ursula K. Le Guin has created a fully realized planet and people. But Gethen society is more than merely a fascinating creation. The concept of a society existing totally without sexual prejudices is even more relevant today than it was in 1969. This special 25th anniversary edition of The Left Hand of Darkness contains not only the complete, unaltered text of the landmark original but also a thought-provoking new afterword and four new appendixes by Ms. Le Guin.

When the human ambassador Genly Ai is sent to Gethen, the planet known as Winter by those outsiders who have experienced its arctic climate, he thinks that his mission will be a standard one of making peace between warring factions. Instead the ambassador finds himself wildly unprepared. For Gethen is inhabited by a society with a rich, ancient culture full of strange beauty and deadly intrigue—a society of people who are both male and female in one, and neither. This lack of fixed gender, and the resulting lack of gender-based discrimination, is the very cornerstone of Gethen life. But Genly is all too human. Unless he can overcome his ingrained prejudices about the significance of "male" and "female," he may destroy both his mission and himself.

"Synopsis" by , Ursula K. Le Guin's award-winning, groundbreaking science fiction classic takes us to the world of Winter, and introduces us to its inhabitants, the Gethenians-whose society is not based on gender roles.
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