History Literature / TheLeftHandOfDarkness

4th May '18 12:46:52 PM Anjael
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* SacredHospitality: The practice of "guesting" on Gethen of providing food and shelter for three days to any visitors, no questions asked. Referenced also in [[spoiler: Estraven's exile, when he is given three days' grace to leave the country or he will be executed.]]
7th Apr '18 8:01:47 AM Omeganian
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* HumansAreTelepathicInTheFuture: Ekumenians have managed to gain telepathy (the story of that is in another book). And can teach others.

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* HumansAreTelepathicInTheFuture: HumansArePsychicInTheFuture: Ekumenians have managed to gain telepathy (the story of that is in another book). And can teach others.
7th Apr '18 8:00:33 AM Omeganian
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* HumansAreInTheFuture: Ekumenians have managed to gain telepathy, somehow. And can teach others.

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* HumansAreInTheFuture: HumansAreTelepathicInTheFuture: Ekumenians have managed to gain telepathy, somehow.telepathy (the story of that is in another book). And can teach others.
20th Mar '18 1:19:03 PM Malady
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* [[HerHeartWillGoOn His/Her Heart Will Go On]]: It's complicated.

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* [[HerHeartWillGoOn HerHeartWillGoOn: His/Her Heart Will Go On]]: On: It's complicated.



* HumansArePsychicInTheFuture

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* HumansArePsychicInTheFutureHumansAreInTheFuture: Ekumenians have managed to gain telepathy, somehow. And can teach others.



* [[OhMyGods Oh My Meshe]]: Yomeshta tend to use expletives involving their prophet, Meshe.

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* [[OhMyGods OhMyGods: Oh My Meshe]]: Meshe: Yomeshta tend to use expletives involving their prophet, Meshe.



* SelectiveObliviousness: Genly, normally a conscientious and careful Envoy, hits this badly when he enters Orgoreyn. [[spoiler: His first day in a police state ends with him and the entire inn put under brutal arrest, but within days of being recovered and put in the hands of the politicians, he's able to convince himself that Orgoreyn is the enlightened nation he's been looking for. Still, all the time he's there his instinct keeps telling him something is off.]]

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* SelectiveObliviousness: Genly, normally a conscientious and careful Envoy, hits this badly when he enters Orgoreyn. [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His first day in a police state ends with him and the entire inn put under brutal arrest, but within days of being recovered and put in the hands of the politicians, he's able to convince himself that Orgoreyn is the enlightened nation he's been looking for. Still, all the time he's there his instinct keeps telling him something is off.]]



* SuddenlyEthnicity: It can take a while to register that Genly is black.

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* SuddenlyEthnicity: It can take a while to register that Genly is black.black, but it is called out with, when Genly is questioned on Ekumenians:
--> "Are they all black as you?"\\
Gethenians are yellow-brown or red-brown, generally,
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.]]
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