Title: The Left Hand of Darkness

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Title: The Left Hand of Darkness ISFDB Title Record # 7662
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Year: 1969
Type: NOVEL
Series: Hainish
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Note: There are some discrepancies in the printing numbers of the Ace editions. The Ace Special Edition listed as "date unknown" is listed as a 2nd printing, and the Ace Nov. 1972 edition lists itself as a 3rd printing, but later printing lists combine these (apparently) into a single 2nd printing and call the April, 1973 printing the 3rd printing. Thus from a current perspective, there are two different "2nd" printings. In a similar vein, there are two different "7th" printings in Nov. 1974, one with a $1.50 cover price and one with a $1.75 cover price. For simplicity, we do not attempt to "correct" the printing numbers that Ace uses.
Synopsis: An envoy from the loose trade federation of 83 planets throughout the galaxy invites two different nations on the frigid planet of "Winter" to join, but his task is complicated by both the internal political rivalries of those nations, as well as the fact that the inhabitants of the planet are not of a fixed sex, but periodically develop into either sex temporarily at random, and are asexual the rest of the time.
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Awards:

Place Year and Award Category
1 1970 Hugo Best Novel
Win 1970 Nebula Novel
Nomination 1970 Ditmar Best International Long Fiction
3 1975 Locus All-Time Best Novel
2 1987 Locus All-Time Best SF Novel
Win 1995 Tiptree Retrospective
3 1998 Locus All-Time Best SF Novel before 1990

Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
The Left Hand of Darkness Mar 1969 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books (Ace SF Special, Series 1 #47800) #47800 $0.95 286 pb novel Diane Dillon , Leo Dillon Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Sep 1969 Ursula K. Le Guin Walker & Co.   $4.95 286 hc novel Jack Gaughan  
The Left Hand of Darkness Oct 1969 Ursula K. Le Guin Walker & Co. / SFBC #2006 $1.98 218 hc novel Jack Gaughan Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Nov 1969 Ursula K. Le Guin Macdonald 0-356-02947-6 30/- 286 hc novel  
Duisters Linkerhand May 1971 Ursula K. Le Guin Meulenhoff (M=SF #43) 90-290-0281-6   284 pb novel Eloy Viktor Checkmark
La mano sinistra delle tenebre Dec 1971 Ursula K. Le Guin Libra Editrice (Slan. Il Meglio della Fantascienza #9) #9 3,500 Lit 302 hc novel Allison  
The Left Hand of Darkness Nov 1972 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books #478008 $0.95 286 pb novel Josh Kirby Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Apr 1973 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books       pb novel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Jun 1973 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books       pb novel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Sep 1973 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books       pb novel  
The Left Hand of Darkness 1973 Ursula K. Le Guin Panther 0-586-03641-5 £0.35 205 pb novel Colin Hay Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness May 1974 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books       pb novel  
Winterplanet Aug 1974 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3400) 3-453-30295-8 DM 4.80 272 pb novel C. A. M. Thole Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Nov 1974 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books #47802 $1.50 286 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Nov 1974 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books #47803 $1.75 286 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Jan 1975 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books       pb novel Alex Ebel  
The Left Hand of Darkness May 1975 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books       pb novel Alex Ebel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Nov 1975 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books       pb novel Alex Ebel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Feb 1976 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books #47804 $1.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Feb 1976 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books       pb novel Alex Ebel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Jul 1976 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47805-0 $1.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Dec 1976 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47805-0 $1.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel  
La mano sinistra delle tenebre 1976 Ursula K. Le Guin Libra Editrice (Slan. Il Meglio della Fantascienza #9) #9 3,500 Lit 318 hc novel Allison  
The Left Hand of Darkness Jun 1977 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47805-0 $1.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Aug 1977 Ursula K. Le Guin Panther 0-586-03641-5 £0.60 205 pb novel Colin Hay Checkmark
De Linkerhand van het Duister Apr 1978 Ursula K. Le Guin Meulenhoff (M=SF #43) 90-290-0887-3   248 tp novel Patrick Woodroffe Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Jun 1978 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47805-0 $1.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Nov 1978 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47805-0 $1.95 [16]+
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The Left Hand of Darkness 1978 Ursula K. Le Guin Panther / Granada 0-586-03641-5 £0.75 205 pb novel Colin Hay Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Apr 1979 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47805-0 $1.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness 1979 Ursula K. Le Guin Panther 0-586-03641-5 £1.25 205 pb novel Checkmark
Winterplanet 1979 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3400) 3-453-30295-8 DM 4.80 272 pb novel C. A. M. Thole  
Winterplanet 1979 Ursula K. Le Guin Das Neue Berlin   M 7.20 298 hc novel  
A sötétség balkeze 1979 Ursula K. Le Guin Kozmosz KönyvekQuestion mark 963-211-337-3 Ft 25 368 pb novel Pál Varga Checkmark
La main gauche de la nuit 1979 Ursula K. Le Guin Le Livre de Poche (Le Livre de Poche - Science Fiction #7039) 2-253-02149-0   410 pb novel A. Choisnet Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Jan 1980 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47805-0 $1.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel  
De Linkerhand van het Duister Mar 1980 Ursula K. Le Guin Meulenhoff (M=SF #43) 90-290-0887-3   248 tp novel Patrick Woodroffe Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Aug 1980 Ursula K. Le Guin Harper & Row 0-06-012574-8 $11.95 x+
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hc novel Dan Sneberger Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Sep 1980 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47806-9 $2.25 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
Winterplanet 1980 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3400) 3-453-30295-8 DM 4.80 272 pb novel C. A. M. Thole  
The Left Hand of Darkness 1981 Ursula K. Le Guin Futura 0-7088-8081-9 £1.60 256 pb novel Tim White  
Winterplanet 1981 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3400) 3-453-30295-8 DM 4.80 272 pb novel C. A. M. Thole  
The Left Hand of Darkness 1981 Ursula Le Guin Macdonald 0-356-02947-6   256 hc novel Tim White  
The Left Hand of Darkness Feb 1982 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47806-9 $2.25 304 pb novel Alex Ebel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Aug 1982 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47807-7 $2.50 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
Winterplanet 1982 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3400) 3-453-30295-8 DM 5.80 272 pb novel C. A. M. Thole  
The Left Hand of Darkness Feb 1983 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47808-5 $2.75 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness May 1983 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47809-3 $2.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness 1983 Ursula Le Guin Orbit 0-7088-8081-9 £2.50 256 pb novel Checkmark
La main gauche de la nuit Feb 1984 Ursula K. Le Guin Robert Laffont (Ailleurs et demain) 2-221-02882-1 F65.00 331 tp novel Checkmark
La mano sinistra delle tenebre Sep 1984 Ursula K. Le Guin Editrice Nord (Cosmo Serie Oro. Classici della Narrativa di Fantascienza #65) #12 065 CO 8,000 Lit vi+
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tp novel Carl Lundgren Checkmark
Winterplanet 1984 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3400) 3-453-30295-8 DM 6.80 272 pb novel C. A. M. Thole Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Mar 1985 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47810-7 $2.95 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
Five Complete Novels Nov 1985 Ursula K. Le Guin Avenel Books (Avenel Bestseller Library) 0-517-48010-7 $7.98 579 hc omni Hector Garrido Checkmark
Winterplanet 1985 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3400) 3-453-30295-8 DM 6.80 272 pb novel C. A. M. Thole  
The Left Hand of Darkness 1986 Ursula Le Guin Orbit 0-7088-8081-9 £2.50 256 pb novel Tim White Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Dec 1987 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47812-3 $3.95 304 pb novel  
De Linkerhand van het Duister Mar 1988 Ursula K. Le Guin Meulenhoff (M=SF #43) 90-290-4271-0   248 tp novel Mike Van Houten Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Apr 1988 Ursula Le Guin Orbit 0-7088-8081-9 £2.99 256 pb novel Tim White  
La main gauche de la nuit Aug 1989 Ursula Le Guin Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5191) 2-266-02843-X   319 pb novel W. Siudmak Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness 1989 Ursula Le Guin Orbit / Futura 0-7088-8081-9 £3.50 256 pb novel Tim White Checkmark
La main gauche de la nuit May 1991 Ursula Le Guin Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5191) 2-266-02843-X   319 pb novel W. Siudmak Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Aug 1991 Ursula Le Guin Orbit 0-7088-8081-9 £3.99 256 pb novel Tim White  
Winterplanet Oct 1991 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Bibliothek der Science Fiction Literatur #84) 3-453-05026-6 DM 12.80 365 pb novel Thomas Thiemeyer  
The Left Hand of Darkness 1991 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47812-3 $6.99 320 tp novel  
The Left Hand of Darkness 1992 Ursula Le Guin Orbit 1-85723-074-4 £5.99 256 pb novel Tim White  
The Left Hand of Darkness 1993 Ursula K. Le Guin The Easton Press (The Masterpieces of Science Fiction)     xviii+
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Winterplanet 1993 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Bibliothek der Science Fiction Literatur #84) 3-453-05026-6 DM 14.80 365 pb novel Thomas Thiemeyer  
The Left Hand of Darkness Dec 1994 Ursula K. Le Guin Walker & Co. 0-8027-1302-5 $27.50 345 hc novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
Winterplanet 1994 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Bibliothek der Science Fiction Literatur #84) 3-453-05026-6 DM 14.90 365 pb novel Thomas Thiemeyer  
The Left Hand of Darkness Jul 1997 Ursula Le Guin Virago (Virago Modern Classics #436) 1-86049-189-8 £6.99 248 tp novel James Randklev Checkmark
Die linke Hand der Dunkelheit Mar 2000 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #8207) 3-453-16415-6 DM 17.80 [1]+
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The Left Hand of Darkness Jul 2000 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-00731-7 $12.95 xvi+
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The Left Hand of Darkness Jul 2000 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47812-3 $6.99 304 pb novel Alex Ebel  
La main gauche de la nuit Feb 2001 Ursula Le Guin France Loisirs 2-7441-4377-4   327 tp novel Jackie Paternoster Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Oct 2001 Ursula Le Guin Gollancz (Gollancz SF Masterworks (HC) #II) 0-575-07219-9 £14.99 248 hc novel Tim White Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness Sep 2003 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47812-3 $7.99 304 pb novel Judith Murello Checkmark
A Mão Esquerda das Trevas 2003 Ursula K. Le Guin Editorial Presença (Viajantes no Tempo #4) 972-23-2988-X   255 unknown novel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Oct 2004 Ursula K. Le Guin Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC 50th Anniversary Collection #15) 0-7394-4881-1 $10.99 209 hc novel Bob Eggleton Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness 2004 Ursula K. Le Guin Barnes & Noble Books 0-7607-5914-6   286 hc novel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Oct 2008 Ursula K. Le Guin Paw Prints 978-1-4395-6086-0 $16.99   hc novel  
The Left Hand of Darkness Apr 2009 Ursula K. Le Guin Orbit 978-1-84149-606-1 £12.99 275 hc novel Paul Young Checkmark
Levá ruka tmy Aug 2009 Ursula K. Le Guinová Argo (Fantastika #5) 978-80-257-0162-1 Kč 259 227 hc novel Tim White  
The Left Hand of Darkness 2009 Ursula Le Guin Orbit 978-1-85723-074-1 £6.99 248 pb novel Tim White  
The Left Hand of Darkness 2011 Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 978-0-441-47812-5 $9.99 330 pb novel  
The Left Hand Of Darkness Dec 2012 Ursula K. Le Guin Orbit 978-1-4055-2527-5 £5.49   ebook novel  
Die linke Hand der Dunkelheit May 2014 Ursula K. Le Guin Heyne (Die große Heyne Science-Fiction Jubiläumsedition) 978-3-453-31594-5 € 8.99 396 pb novel Valentina Montagna  
The Left Hand of Darkness Oct 2016 Ursula K. Le Guin Penguin Books (Penguin Galaxy) 978-0-14-311159-7 $25.00 288 hc novel  
The Left Hand of Darkness date unknown Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books (Ace SF Special, Series 1 #47800) #47800 $0.95 286 pb novel Diane Dillon , Leo Dillon Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness date unknown Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-47812-3 $6.50 304 pb novel Alex Ebel Checkmark
The Left Hand of Darkness date unknown Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 0-441-00731-7 $12.95 xvi+
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The Left Hand of Darkness date unknown Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 978-1-101-66539-8 $9.99   ebook novel Alex Ebel  
The Left Hand of Darkness date unknown Ursula K. Le Guin Ace Books 978-0-441-00731-8 $16.00 xvi+
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La mano sinistra delle tenebre date unknown Ursula K. Le Guin Editrice Nord (Cosmo Serie Oro. Classici della Narrativa di Fantascienza #65)     VI+
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The Left Hand of Darkness date unknown Ursula Le Guin Orbit 978-1-85723-074-1 £7.99 248 pb novel Tim White Checkmark

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