The Hainish Novels and Stories - Boxed Set

Author(s): Ursula K. Le Guin; Brian Attebery (Editor)

Fiction.

For the first time, a deluxe collector's edition of the pathbreaking novels and stories that reinvented science fiction, with new introductions by the author.

Winner of the 2018 Locus Award for Best SF Collection.


In such visionary masterworks as the Nebula and Hugo Award winners The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin redrew the map of modern science fiction, imagining a galactic confederation of human colonies founded by the planet Hain, an array of worlds whose divergent societies--the result of both evolution and genetic engineering--allow her to speculate on what is intrinsic in human nature. Now, for the first time, the complete Hainish novels and stories are collected in a deluxe two-volume Library of America boxed set, with new introductions by the author.


 


Volume one gathers the first five Hainish novels: Rocannon's World, in which an ethnologist sent to a bronze-age planet must help defeat an intergalactic enemy; Planet of Exile, the story of human colonists stranded on a planet that is slowly killing them; City of Illusions, which finds a future Earth ruled by the mysterious Shing; and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning masterpieces The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed--as well as four short stories.


Volume two presents Le Guin's final two Hainish novels, The Word for World Is Forest, in which Earth enslaves another planet to strip its natural resources, and The Telling, the harrowing story of a society which has suppressed its own cultural heritage. Rounding out the volume are seven short stories and the story suite Five Ways to Forgiveness, published here in full for the first time.


 


The endpapers feature Le Guin's own hand-drawn map of Gethen, the planet that is the setting for The Left Hand of Darkness, and a full-color chart of the known worlds of Hainish descent.


 


LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

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Each volume features an introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin


VOLUME ONE


ROCANNON’S WORLD


PLANET OF EXILE


CITY OF ILLUSIONS


THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS


THE DISPOSSESSED


STORIES


Winter’s King


Vaster Than Empires and More Slow


The Day Before the Revolution


Coming of Age in Karhide


APPENDIX


Introduction to Rocannon’s World


Introduction to Planet of Exile


Introduction to City of Illusions


Introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness


A Response, by Ansible, from Tau Ceti


Is Gender Necessary? Redux


Winter’s King (1969 version)


 


VOLUME TWO


THE WORD FOR WORLD IS FOREST


STORIES


The Shobies’ Story


Dancing to Ganam


Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea


Unchosen Love


Mountain Ways


The Matter of Seggri


Solitude


 


STORY SUITE: FIVE WAYS TO FORGIVENESS


Betrayals


Forgiveness Day


A Man of the People


A Woman’s Liberation


Old Music and the Slave Women


Notes on Werel and Yeowe


 


THE TELLING


APPENDIX


Introduction to The Word for World Is Forest


On Not Reading Science Fiction

General Fields

  • : 9781598535372
  • : Library of America, The
  • : Library of America
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ursula K. Le Guin; Brian Attebery (Editor)
  • : Multiple-item retail product, boxed
  • : English
  • : 813.54
  • : 2100