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The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition (Ace Science Fiction) Paperback – July 1, 2000

4.3 out of 5 stars 998 ratings
Book 4 of 7 in the Hainish Cycle Series

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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

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Praised as 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. Completely 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.

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  • Series: Ace Science Fiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441007317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441007318
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
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