The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula Le Guin)
Little, Brown Book Group: 'A beguiling read... Le Guin's sometimes mischievous narrative tone is crisp and fresh' www.sf.com 'A jewel of a story.' Frank Herbert 'As profuse and original in invention as The Lord of the Rings.' Michael Moorcock
Winter is an Earth-like planet with two major differences: conditions are semi artic even at the warmest time of the year, and the inhabitants are all of the same sex. Tucked away in a remote corner of the universe, they have no knowledge of space travel or of life beyond their own world. And when a strange envoy from space brings news of a vast coalition of planets which they are invited to join, he is met with fear, mistrust and disbelief...'The Left Hand of Darkness' is a groundbreaking work of feminist science fiction, an imaginative masterpiece which poses challenging questions about sexuality, sexism and the organisation of society.