The Left Hand of Darkness

Title

The Left Hand of Darkness

Publisher

Ace Books

Publication Year

1987

ISBN

9780441478125

Pages

304 pages

Genre

science fiction

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants’ gender is fluid. 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 strange, intriguing culture he encounters.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

970L

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Androgyny; gender fluid; masculine characteristics; feminine characteristics

Main Character

adult male

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

androgynous people

Awards

Outstanding Books for the College Bound, 2002 Fiction
Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007
James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, Winner

Keywords

psychology; society; aliens; emotions; winter; government; fantasy; weather

Diversity Impact

direct

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