The left hand of darkness is a scifi novel that follows the story of Genly Ai, who is sent to a planet Gethen as an envoy of a confederation of planets.

Ai has to persuade the people of Gethen to join the confederation, but his lack of knowledge of Gethen’s culture plays against him.

The ambisexual nature of the people of Gethen has a strong influence on Gethen’s culture and creates a barrier for Ai.

The book is a famous take on androgyny in science fiction and is also now known as feminist scifi.

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TO DO: Read The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula.

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