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Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, Available as an eBook for the First Time

Penguin RandomHouse has announced that Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic novel The Left Hand of Darkness will be available in ebook for the very first time. See the press release below for more information.

NEW YORK, NY, July 1, 2015—On July 15, 2015, Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic science fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness will be available in eBook for the first time. EBook and hardcover rights were acquired by Susan Allison, Vice President and Editorial Director of Berkley, from Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown Ltd. Ace Books, an imprint of the Berkley Publishing Group, first published The Left Hand of Darkness in hardcover in 1969 and still publishes the award-winning work in both trade paperback and mass market formats.

When The Left Hand of Darkness was published in 1969, it received both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel and became one of the science fiction genre’s most recognized and enduring works. Since its original release, it has been cited on numerous lists as an essential science fiction novel, most recently by NPR, Flavorwire,, and The Guardian.

The Left Hand of Darkness is set several centuries in the future on the planet Winter, where the inhabitants have the biological makeup of both sexes and the ability to change gender at will. Groundbreaking in scope, it was one of the first works of feminist science fiction and a brilliant study of human nature that provides thought provoking insight into issues surrounding sexism and gender roles.

“The release of The Left Hand of Darkness in eBook format will re-introduce Le Guin’s seminal work to a new generation,” Allison said.

Ursula K. Le Guin said: “I’m delighted to see the planet of Winter and the Gethenian people in the eBook universe at last. I think they’ll be right at home here.”

Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of twenty-one novels, including the beloved Hainish and Earthsea series as well as numerous short stories, essays, and poems. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award and has received several awards including the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award and the Pushcart Prize. In 1975, she became the first author to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards in the same year twice with The Dispossessed. In 2014, Le Guin received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards ceremony. Le Guin lives in Portland, OR and can be found online at

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Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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