Questions tagged [hainish-cycle]

For questions about the works set in the fictional universe "Hainish Cycle" by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Rocannon's World by Ursula K Le Guin – bringing man back in a fast way

In the tale there is a limitation for travel with the human being onboard: top speed is lightspeed. And in the very end Rocannon has to wait for his comrades for 8 years (why they are flying to ...
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Is it ever known which peoples of the Hainish universe were results of genetic experimentation or manipulation?

In The Left Hand of Darkness a theory is mentioned that the Gethenians may have been the result of some type of genetic manipulation or experimentation in their distant past. This speculation was ...
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Rocannon's World vs "Rokanan"

In the book The Left Hand of Darkness one of the characters refers to the planet "Rokanan," which is obviously spelled differently than the titular works of the book Rocannon's World. Are they one and ...
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How do you pronounce "Hain"?

The planet Hain is referenced in numerous books of Le Guin's Hainish cycle. I always imagined it would rhyme with "rain" but I've recently heard it pronounced more like "hay - een" on an audiobook. ...
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Is there anything to support this Wikipedia claim about Ursula K. Le Guin re-using the planet name "Werel"?

Comments to Lorendiac's answer in this question pointed out an odd coincidence -- Ursula K. Le Guin may have used the same planet name ("Werel") to refer to different worlds in different stories: ...
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