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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Hachette Audio
Publication date September 1, 1985
Binding Cassette/Spoken Word
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780871881120
ISBN-10 0871881128
Availability§ Publisher Out of Business
Original list price $4.98
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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

Winner 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. 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.

Penguin Galaxy
 
Six of our greatest masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, in dazzling collector-worthy hardcover editions, and featuring a series introduction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, Penguin Galaxy represents a constellation of achievement in visionary fiction, lighting the way toward our knowledge of the universe, and of ourselves. From historical legends to mythic futures, monuments of world-building to mind-bending dystopias, these touchstones of human invention and storytelling ingenuity have transported millions of readers to distant realms, and will continue for generations to chart the frontiers of the imagination.
 
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Dune by Frank Herbert
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Neuromancer by William Gibson

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Editions
Hardcover
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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
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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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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