Serie: Hainish cycle
Nebula Best Novel winner (1970)Hugo Best Novel winner (1970) The Left Hand of Darkness explores the themes of sexual identity, incest, xenophobia, fidelity, and betrayal in a tale of an Earth ambassador, Genly Ai, who is sent to the planet of Gethen, whose inhabitants are androgynous. Through his relationship with a native, Estraven, Ai gains understanding both of the consequences of his fixed sexual orientation and of Gethenian life. As in many of her works, Le Guin incorporates a social message in her science fiction tale. Scholes feels that the great power of the book comes from the way it interweaves all its levels and combines all its voices and values into an ordered, balanced, whole.
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- THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula K. Le Guin
- 1. A Parade in Erhenrang
- From the Archives of Hain. Transcript of Ansible Document 01-01101-934-2-Gethen: To the Stabile on Ollul: Report from Genly Ai, First Mobile on Gethen/Winter, Hainish Cycle 93, Ekumenical Year 1490-97
- 2. The Place Inside the Blizzard
- From a sound-tape collection of North Karhidish "hearth-tales" in the archives of the College of Historians in Erhenrang, narrator unknown, recorded during the reign of Argaven VIII.
- 3. The Mad King
- 4. The Nineteenth Day
- An East Karhidish story, as told in Gorinhering Hearth by Tobord Chorhawa, and recorded by G. A., 93/1492.
- 5. The Domestication of Hunch
- 6. One Way into Orgoreyn
- 7. The Question of Sex
- From field notes of Ong Tot Oppong, Investigator, of the first Ekumenical landing party on Gethen/ Winter, Cycle 93 E.Y. 1448.
- 8. Another Way into Orgoreyn
- 9. Estraven the Traitor
- 10. Conversations in Mishnory
- 11. Soliloquies in Mishnory
- 12. On Time and Darkness
- From The Sayings of Tuhulme the High Priest, a book of the Yomesh Canon, composed in North Orgoreyn about 900 years ago.
- 13. Down on the Farm
- 14. The Escape
- 15. To the Ice
- 16. Between Drumner and Dremegole
- 17. An Orgota Creation Myth
- The origins of this myth are prehistorical; it has been recorded in many forms. This very primitive version is from a pre-Yomesh written text found in the Isenpeth Cave Shrine of the Gobrin Hinterland
- 18. On the Ice
- 19. Homecoming
- 20. A Fools Errand
- The Gethenian Calendar and Clock
- The Year.
- The Month.
- The Day.
- The Hour.