History Literature / TheLeftHandOfDarkness

7th Feb '18 2:28:33 PM Xtifr
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* TheKingdom: Karhide.
28th Aug '17 8:54:31 PM PaulA
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* SubspaceAnsible: The Hainish Cycle, of which ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'' is the most acclaimed part, is the TropeNamer, if not the TropeMaker.

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* SubspaceAnsible: The Hainish Cycle, of which ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'' ''The Left Hand of Darkness'' is the most acclaimed part, is the TropeNamer, if not the TropeMaker.
28th Aug '17 8:53:39 PM PaulA
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!!Tropes appearing in ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'':

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In April 2015, as part of the "Ursula Le Guin at 85" Month, BBC Radio 4 created [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pkpgg a two-part]] {{radio drama}} adaptation of the novel.
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!!Tropes appearing in ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'':
''The Left Hand of Darkness'':



* ShownTheirWork: [[UrsulaKLeGuin le Guin]]'s interest in Taoism fairly clearly colours the descriptions of Gethenian religion, at least as far as Handdara is concerned: it is less clear what the breakaway Yomeshta group (dominant in Orgoreyn, and increasingly in Karhide) corresponds to, but at least it's a founder religion like Islam or Buddhism.

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* ShownTheirWork: [[UrsulaKLeGuin le Guin]]'s Le Guin's interest in Taoism fairly clearly colours the descriptions of Gethenian religion, at least as far as Handdara is concerned: it is less clear what the breakaway Yomeshta group (dominant in Orgoreyn, and increasingly in Karhide) corresponds to, but at least it's a founder religion like Islam or Buddhism.




!! Adaptation
* In April 2015, as part of the "Ursula [=LeGuin=] at 85" Month, BBC Radio 4 created [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pkpgg a two-part]] {{radio drama}} adaptation of the novel.
29th Jul '17 12:31:33 AM Omeganian
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* HaveAGayOldTime: The use of the term "bisexual" to describe regular human societies may come as that today.
26th Jun '17 10:26:44 AM Omeganian
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A 1969 Science fiction novel from UrsulaKLeGuin telling the story of Genly Ai of Earth, the Envoy of the [[TheFederation Ekumen]], to the planet Gethen. Gethen is far from the rest of the planets on which the ancient [[{{Precursors}} Hain]] settled much of humanity. Gethen, which has been nicknamed 'Winter' by the Terrans, is a cold, glacial planet, but its real peculiarity is in the people: Gethenians are [[GenderBender Gender Benders]], and it has a profound effect on their society.

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A 1969 Science fiction novel from UrsulaKLeGuin Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin telling the story of Genly Ai of Earth, the Envoy of the [[TheFederation Ekumen]], to the planet Gethen. Gethen is far from the rest of the planets on which the ancient [[{{Precursors}} Hain]] settled much of humanity. Gethen, which has been nicknamed 'Winter' by the Terrans, is a cold, glacial planet, but its real peculiarity is in the people: Gethenians are [[GenderBender Gender Benders]], and it has a profound effect on their society.


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* SpeculativeFictionLGBT: Gethen's analogue of LGBT's (and about as common as real life LGBT's) are people who tend to be a particular gender for longer than usual. One can guess this creates some problems when they encounter an Earthman.
14th Oct '16 3:17:37 AM SorPepita
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* PerfectPacifistPeople: Sort of. Gethenians do kill each other by murders or clan feuds, but have never had a war. Like in the MedievalStasis example, it's discussed if it's the harsh weather, or the lack of male-female -- the most primal kind of "us versus them" -- distinction. [[spoiler:Later short stories reveal that the war will happen.]]



* PerfectPacifistPeople: Sort of. Gethenians do kill each other by murders or clan feuds, but have never had a war. Like in the MedievalStasis example, it's discussed if it's the harsh weather, or the lack of male-female -- the most primal kind of "us versus them" -- distinction. [[spoiler:Later short stories reveal that the war will happen.]]
14th Oct '16 3:14:41 AM SorPepita
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* InfoDump: the [[{{Exposition}} expository chapters]] may feel like one.

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* InfoDump: the The [[{{Exposition}} expository chapters]] may feel like one.
14th Oct '16 3:14:02 AM SorPepita
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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: with a few twists, quite apart from the [[GenderBender obvious one]]; Argaven is also, for the most part, sufficiently bonkers to qualify as a version of TheCaligula. A noteworthy aspect is that Agraven is trying to become a mother, because only a "child in the flesh" can inherit the throne.

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: with With a few twists, quite apart from the [[GenderBender obvious one]]; Argaven is also, for the most part, sufficiently bonkers to qualify as a version of TheCaligula. A noteworthy aspect is that Agraven is trying to become a mother, because only a "child in the flesh" can inherit the throne.
14th Oct '16 3:10:28 AM SorPepita
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* {{Exposition}}: done through {{fictional document}}s on Gethenian society or transcripts of local legends, and {{inner monologue}} of Genly.

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* {{Exposition}}: done Done through {{fictional document}}s on Gethenian society or transcripts of local legends, and {{inner monologue}} of Genly.
29th Sep '16 12:47:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Tibe's heavily broadcast [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler rants against foreigners]] etc., and his [[JosephStalin sneaky ascent]] against Estraven.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Tibe's heavily broadcast [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler rants against foreigners]] etc., and his [[JosephStalin [[UsefulNotes/JosephStalin sneaky ascent]] against Estraven.
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