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I read this as a teenager and loved it. The idea of an anarchist society was very appealing. Now, re-reading some forty years later I kept wondering how I'd thought it so... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Archy
This book is perfectly balanced, chapter for chapter and from front to back. We follow Shevek on his own people's planet as a student and scientist, and on the original parent... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clare O'Beara
The first 'Hainish' novel, not so much sci fi as politics fi but then that is more or less true of all the Hainish books. A great read if your preferences lean that way.Published 5 months ago by avondata
Gave up. I love SciFi and I was so keen to read about the invention of the ansible but I got incredibly bored. There is no story! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Another one called Smith
Positive points: deep concepts, good setup, good first half of the book.
Negative points: the author gets lost around the middle of the book, and then it becomes an... Read more
There’s no denying the intellectual ambition behind this novel; Le Guin has clearly given careful thought to the bifurcated society she has created. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sft
I ought to hate this book. I was writing something about instantaneous transmitters and wanted to include Ursula Le Guin's ansible. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brian Clegg