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For our first 2019 book discussion we'll be reading The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin, and we'll meet to talk about it on Thursday, February 28. (NOTE: Goodreads lists this as #4 in a series, but it works as a standalone novel and can be read without having read any of the other books in the series.) CLICK HERE ( http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule/ ) for a list of all the books we'll be reading in 2019! Synopsis: 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 choose -and 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. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction. About the author: Ursula K. Le Guin published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. She lived in Portland, Oregon. She was known for her treatment of gender (The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri), political systems (The Telling, The Dispossessed) and difference/otherness in any other form. Her interest in non-Western philosophies was reflected in works such as 'Solitude' and 'The Telling' but even more interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ We will be meeting at Packard's, which is located at 14 Masonic St in Northampton, in the Library Room. Just go past the bar into the restaurant area and head to your right; if you don't find it easily, just ask any of the staff for the Library Room. This room is free to reserve and is a great location for discussion. It is expected that those attending will order a meal. There is a limit of 12 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion. Please RSVP before it fills up! If you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance. If you have suggestions for future discussion group selections you can send me suggestions by contacting me here (http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/members/54187482/). Follow us on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/4SciFi.