The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
An emissary of a confederation of planets is tasked with bringing a mysterious world into the fold. It is his job alone, with no back up and no escape plan. If he dies, they will send another to replace him and simply begin the process again. However, the planet he is tasked with is unique among the many interconnected worlds: it is the only planet known to have no gender dichotomy. The people are both male and female and neither. Their society is built around the ebb and flow of their fluid sexuality, and as the emissary struggles in the unfamiliar political landscape of a foreign world built on ice, he also grapples with the breakdown of the genders he thinks he knows so well. Deeply ambitious even fifty years after its publication, this book is equal parts sci-fi, mythos, and poetry. A must read in its entirety! -Abigail— Abigail
50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION—WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY DAVID MITCHELL AND A NEW AFTERWORD BY CHARLIE JANE ANDERS
Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
A lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants’ gender is fluid. 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 strange, intriguing culture 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.
About the Author
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. She was the bestselling author of the Earthsea books and the Hainish books, including The Left Hand of Darkness, which was awarded both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards. 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. She passed away in 2018.
Praise for The Left Hand of Darkness
“[A] science fiction masterpiece.”—Newsweek
“A jewel of a story.”—Frank Herbert
“As profuse and original in invention as The Lord of the Rings.”—Michael Moorcock
“An instant classic.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own.”—The Boston Globe
“A towering figure in science fiction and fantasy.”—NPR