The Left Hand of Darkness

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Orbit, 2009 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards on its first publication in 1969, this classic SF novel is the story of Winter, a planet with semi-Arctic conditions and inhabitants all of the same sex.

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Kidnapped by a thunderstorm and deposited in the everchanging, unstable world of Akahlar, two teenage girls become the objects of unwelcome attention in a battle for supremacy between rival sorcerers ... Read full review

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Imagine a world where your sexual stereotypes are useless, and the inhabitants are usually neuters except during their monthly cycle when they can take on the characteristics of wither male or female. This has a profound affect on how you feel the protagonist should deal with the people in the book usually those in power are felt to be hes rather than he/shes. Let alone the profound disturbance in culture when all are considered equal. As a young (relatively soft) man it gave me great cause to consider that the testosterone induced responses to situations might not be the best. In the end the people are as complex as those in our society without the limitation of outward sexual affectations. I like to believe this is a sociological phenomenon and not just the brilliant writing of one of Americas premier science fiction writers. Excellent read without paying attention to the political undertones - Dave Gadd 

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About the author (2009)

Ursula LeGuin was born in Berkeley, California in 1929. She attended college at Radcliffe and Columbia, and married C. A. LeGuin in Paris in 1951. The LeGuins and their three children live in Portland, Oregon.

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