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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Ace Books
Publication date January 1, 1991
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780441478125
ISBN-10 0441478123
Dimensions 1 by 4.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $9.99
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
While on a mission to the planet Gethen, a world whose inhabitants can change their gender, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him, in a new edition of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel. Reissue. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780060125745 Book cover for 9780802713025
 
25 anv edition from Walker & Co (October 1, 1994)
9780802713025 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $27.50
About: While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him
from Harpercollins (June 1, 1980)
9780060125745 | details & prices | List price $12.95
About: While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him
from Harpercollins (June 1, 1980)
9780060125745 | details & prices | List price $12.95
About: While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him
Paperback
Book cover for 9780441007318 Book cover for 9780441478125 Book cover for 9781860491894
 
With Ursula K. Le Guin | from Gardners Books (April 28, 2016)
9780356507460 | details & prices | 256 pages | List price $14.00
This edition also contains Left Hand of Darkness
Reissue edition from Ace Books (July 1, 2000)
9780441007318 | details & prices | 304 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.
With Ursula K. Le Guin | New edition from Gardners Books (July 3, 1997)
9781860491894 | details & prices | 256 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.25
This edition also contains Left Hand of Darkness
About: Winter is an Earth-like planet with two big differences; the weather conditions are permanentley semi-arctic and the inhabitants are all of the same sex.
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Ace Books (January 1, 1991)
9780441478125 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $9.99
About: On behalf of his government, an earthling travels to an alien, backward world whose inhabitants are all ambisexual
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780871881120
 
from Hachette Audio (September 1, 1985); titled "Left Hand of Darkness"
9780871881120 | details & prices | List price $4.98
About: 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 GaimanWinner of the AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition 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.
Reinforced
With Ursula K. Le Guin | from Demco Media (October 1, 2000)
9780606192989 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $23.40
About: While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781417648436
 
With Ursula K. Le Guin | Reissue edition from Paw Prints (October 8, 2008)
9781439560860 | details & prices | List price $16.99
This edition also contains Left Hand of Darkness
About: 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 GaimanWinner of the AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition 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.
With Ursula K. Le Guin | from Turtleback Books (July 1, 2000); titled "Left Hand of Darkness"
9781417648436 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.76 lbs | List price $26.95
This edition also contains Left Hand of Darkness
About: While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.

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