History Literature / TheLeftHandOfDarkness

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.
21st Jun '16 12:54:16 PM Winter
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* BizarreAlienReproduction: Gethenians are usually asexual and [[NoBiologicalSex genderless]], but go through a stage each year called kemmer. While in kemmer a Gethenian will become either male or female with no control over which sex they take, unless they use certain chemicals. Because kemmer puts the body in a MateOrDie situation Gethenians will mate with whoever they need to, including immediate relatives, to stay alive, and this is not frowned upon, although if a child is conceived from incest those relatives are expected to never mate again. While in kemmer Gethenians are male or female as we would recognise them, and children are conceived through regular sex.

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* BizarreAlienReproduction: Gethenians are usually asexual and [[NoBiologicalSex genderless]], but go through a stage each year month called kemmer. While in kemmer a Gethenian will become either male or female with no control over which sex they take, unless they use certain chemicals. Because kemmer puts the body in a MateOrDie situation Gethenians will mate with whoever they need to, including immediate relatives, to stay alive, and this is not frowned upon, although if a child is conceived from incest those relatives are expected to never mate again. While in kemmer Gethenians are male or female as we would recognise them, and children are conceived through regular sex.
21st Jun '16 6:56:46 AM Ulysses21
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* BizarreAlienReproduction: Gethenians are usually asexual and [[NoBiologicalSex genderless]], but go through a stage each year called kemmer. While in kemmer a Gethenian will become either male or female with no control over which sex they take, unless they use certain chemicals. Because kemmer puts the body in a MateOrDie situation Gethenians will mate with whoever they need to, including immediate relatives, to stay alive, and this is not frowned upon, although if a child is conceived from incest those relatives are expected to never mate again. While in kemmer Gethenians are male or female as we would recognise them, and children are conceived through regular sex.
16th May '16 3:38:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheMeaningOfLife: It is mentioned that some person once asked a group of seers "what's the meaning of life". Some seers went mad, some died, one killed the guy who asked the question, and the leader went on to found his own religion, claiming that during his attempts, he saw everything that was, is and shall be. No answer to the original question was ever provided.
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