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The Dispossessed

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Rating: 4 stars

This was an excellent novel about two very different societies and what happens when they they encounter each other. Shevek is a brilliant physicist from the world of Anarres with a theory that could make interstellar communication possible. However, he’s rejected by his anarchist society so travels to his planet’s sister world, Urras, which is dominated by more traditional forms of government, in an attempt to gain acceptance for his work and to bring the two societies together.

I really enjoyed this novel. Le Guin’s descriptions of both societies viewed through the eyes of the protagonist (and later by Terrans) provide a wonderful contrast and the exploration of what a truly anarchist society would look like make for very interesting reading, although it never becomes preachy or dull.

Book details

ISBN: 9780061054884
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Year of publication: 1974

The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Rating: 4 stars

Genly Ai is an envoy from the Ekumen of worlds to the frozen planet Gethen, bringing them news of life beyond their world and an offer to join the Ekumen. He is met with fear, distrust and betrayal. This is his story.

I really enjoyed this book, particularly the societies of Gethen: different to the rest of humanity due to being androgynous, apart from a couple of days of the month. LeGuin uses Ai as a means to look into this society and how humanity might be different because of it. It’s also a cracking story.

Highly recommended.

Book details

Publisher: Ace
Year of publication: 1969

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