Questions tagged [the-left-hand-of-darkness]

Use this tag for the 1969 Science Fiction novel by U.S. writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

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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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How does "dothe" relate to the other attributes of Gethenians?

In The Left Hand of Darkness the physiological state of dothe is described as being a temporary manifestation of great strength and stamina which normally leaves the individual exhausted when ...
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Why the choice of Genly Ai's last name?

Another question in the theme of chosen names in The Left Hand of Darkness. One of the main characters is named "Genly Ai". It is specifically noted in a couple passages in the book that "Ai" is ...
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What is the meaning of the name 'Getheren' of Gethen?

In The Left Hand of Darkness chapter 2, "The Place Inside the Blizzard" is a historical or legendary tale of a man (*) whom we learned is named "Getheren". In the story we learn he has committed what ...
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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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The concept of shifgrethor in the book 'The Left Hand of Darkness'

Is it about individual moral integrity or maybe it refers to the unspoken rules of the society, or is it something else altogether? Are there different interpretations of the concept in Karhide than ...