The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin was the 98th official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: Jul 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2017

How/Why was this book chosen: It was chosen in a vote (open to everyone) on Sword and Laser's Patreon page from 4 books chosen by Tom.

Votes % Book Author
63 31.8

The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

56 28.3

Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson

51 25.7


Mira Grant

28 14.1

The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury


Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Edit

The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -and change - their gender. 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 completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. 

Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.