A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters.
Le Guin was in the forefront as science fiction really began to discuss women's issues.
I recently read Among others by Jo Walton. Walton crosses genre boundaries in this book, so it is really not science fiction, but Morwenna finds her salvation in reading science fiction. She is very excited when she joins a science fiction only book club. I really enjoyed remembering the many titles I had read that are mentioned in Among others.
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