Left Hand Darkness

Le Guin, Ursula K.

Verlag: Ace, 1974
ISBN 10: 0441478107 / ISBN 13: 9780441478101
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Inhaltsangabe: A deluxe hardcover edition of the queen of science fiction’s trailblazing novel about a planet full of genderless beings—part of Penguin Galaxy, a collectible series of six sci-fi/fantasy classics, featuring a series introduction by Neil Gaiman

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A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary’s mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose—and 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. Exploring questions of psychology, society, and human emotion in an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of science fiction.

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Review: Genly Ai is an emissary from the human galaxy to Winter, a lost, stray world. His mission is to bring the planet back into the fold of an evolving galactic civilization, but to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own culture and prejudices and those that he encounters. On a planet where people are of no gender--or both--this is a broad gulf indeed. The inventiveness and delicacy with which Le Guin portrays her alien world are not only unusual and inspiring, they are fundamental to almost all decent science fiction that has been written since. In fact, reading Le Guin again may cause the eye to narrow somewhat disapprovingly at the younger generation: what new ground are they breaking that is not already explored here with greater skill and acumen? It cannot be said, however, that this is a rollicking good story. Le Guin takes a lot of time to explore her characters, the world of her creation, and the philosophical themes that arise.

If there were a canon of classic science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness would be included without debate. Certainly, no science fiction bookshelf may be said to be complete without it. But the real question: is it fun to read? It is science fiction of an earlier time, a time that has not worn particularly well in the genre. The Left Hand of Darkness was a groundbreaking book in 1969, a time when, like the rest of the arts, science fiction was awakening to new dimensions in both society and literature. But the first excursions out of the pulp tradition are sometimes difficult to reread with much enjoyment. Rereading The Left Hand of Darkness, decades after its publication, one feels that those who chose it for the Hugo and Nebula awards were right to do so, for it truly does stand out as one of the great books of that era. It is immensely rich in timeless wisdom and insight.

The Left Hand of Darkness is science fiction for the thinking reader, and should be read attentively in order to properly savor the depth of insight and the subtleties of plot and character. It is one of those pleasures that requires a little investment at the beginning, but pays back tenfold with the joy of raw imagination that resonates through the subsequent 30 years of science fiction storytelling. Not only is the bookshelf incomplete without owning it, so is the reader without having read it. --L. Blunt Jackson

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Titel: Left Hand Darkness
Verlag: Ace
Erscheinungsdatum: 1974
Einband: Paperback
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Buchbeschreibung Ace Books Feb 2009, 2009. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Ursula K. Le Guin's groundbreaking work of science fiction-winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. A lone human ambassador is sent to Winter, an alien world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants can change their gender whenever they choose. 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. 352 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780441478125

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LE GUIN, Ursula K.
Verlag: New York: Walker and Company, 1994 (1994)
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Buchbeschreibung New York: Walker and Company, 1994, 1994. Octavo. Original blue boards, titles to spine in silver. With the dust jacket. Fine. Twenty-fifth anniversary edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page in gold ink. Artikel-Nr. 117178

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LE GUIN, Ursula K.
Verlag: Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1992 (1992)
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Buchbeschreibung Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1992, 1992. Octavo. Original blue leather, titles and design gilt to spine and sides, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Fine. Collector's bookplate to front pastedown as issued. Colour frontispiece and black and white plates. First Easton Press Collector's Edition, signed by Le Guin on the half-title, specially bound. The new illustrations by Frank and Laura Brodian Kelly Freas were done for this edition. Artikel-Nr. 117439

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