Spine somewhat creased and slanted, corners bumped, minor edge wear with a little chipping, a little scuffing. Edges yellowed and a few pages have small crease to bottom corner, text is clean and unmarked. A solid reading copy.
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best science fiction novel of the year. Contains a new and never-before-published introductory essay by the author commissioned especially for this edition.
"From field notes of Ong Tot Oppong, Investigator, of the first Ekumenical landing party of Gethen/Winter Cycle 93 E.Y. 1448: Our entire pattern of socio-sexual interaction is non-existent here. The Gethenians do not see one another as men or women. This is almost impossible for our imaginations to accept. After all, what is the first question we ask about a newborn baby? Yetyou cannot think of a Gethenian as 'it.' They are not neuters. They are potentials; during each sexual cycle they may develop in either direction for the duration of that cycle. No physiological habit is established, and the mother of several childrem may be the father of several more. There is no division of humanity into strong and weak. One is respected and judged only as a human being. You cannot cast a Gethenian in the role of Man or Woman, while adopting towards 'him' a corresponding role dependent on your expectations of the interactions between persons of the same or opposite sex. It is an appalling experience for a Terran."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall