The Left Hand of Darkness
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A human envoy to the world of Winter (a planet whose hermaphroditic people, when motivated, switch sex) is caught up in a Cold War-esque political drama between two powerful nations.
Individual stories in this loosely organized series explore the inherent communication difficulties in the mingling and clash of cultures that, over the centuries of separation, have developed widely disparate social and political structures as well as a range of biological differences.
Le Guin's Hainish series begins with the assumption that centuries ago humanoids from the planet Hain ventured through the solar system establishing colonies on various planets including Earth. For mysterious reasons these colonies lose all contact and knowledge of each other until the 21st centu... Read More »
A lone human makes a one way journey to the bleak world of Winter, whose people are hermaphroditic, to ask then to join galactic civilization. First published in 1969.
A classic science fiction novel that won both the Nebula and the Hugo awards. LeGuin writes of the bleak world of Winter, whose people are hermaphroditic.
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