“One of the greats. . . . Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon.” —Stephen King
"Engrossing. . . . [Le Guin] is a philosopher; an explorer in the landscape of the mind." —Cincinnati Enquirer
Ursula K. Le Guin’s award-winning classic—a profound and thoughtful tale of anarchism and capitalism, individualism and collectivism, and one ambitious man’s quest to bridge the ideological chasm separating two worlds
A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.
To visit Urras—to learn, to teach, to share—will require great sacrifice and risks, which Shevek willingly accepts. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.
This novel is a good study of how one person can change, not one, but two civilizations.
A classic work of utopian fiction
This book is Le Guin's best, a unique exploration of social and political anthropology in the guise of a science fiction novel. It shows all forms of human political organization at both their best and worst, and is a fascinating thought experiments of how an anarchist society would work (and not work) In practice.
Great book - bad text
A classic science fiction novel that won Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. The publisher needs to spend more time proof reading this eBook. It is riddled with errors and not worth purchasing.