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Rocannon's World by Ursula K Le Guin
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Rocannon's World (original 1966; edition 1966)

by Ursula K Le Guin (Author)

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This debut novel from preeminent science-fiction writer Ursula LeGuin introduces her brilliant Hainish series, set in a galaxy seeded by the planet Hain with a variety of humanoid species, including that of Earth. Over the centuries, the Hainish colonies have evolved into physically and culturally unique peoples, joined by a League of All Worlds. Earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan, Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet is suddenly invaded by a fleet of ships from the stars, rebels against the League of All Worlds, Rocannon is the only survey member left alive. Marooned among alien peoples, he leads the battle to free this newly discovered world and finds that legends grow around him as he fights.… (more)
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Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin (1966)

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    quigui: I found the aliens on Rocannon's world reminiscent of the future species in the Time Machine. And although there is not actual time travel involved in Rocannon's World, there is a time lapse difference due to space travel at near light speed.
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While I enjoyed the story, I found the sociological or ethnographic sections both hard to follow in audiobook format and dull. Sadly for me, the book opens with one of these sections so I started off with a bad impression... ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 5, 2020 |
It's the hobbit in space. ( )
  RyanMcGreer | Sep 21, 2020 |
See combined review of this novel, 'Planet of Exile', and 'City of Illusions' in 'Three Hainish Novels'

Hainish Cycle:

Next: 'Planet of Exile' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
It seemed more fantasy than science fiction and a little hard to follow in spots. The story always cleared up for me after the bumps. I liked the variety of beings with their non-technical life styles and their gallantry for the most part. This is the third book I've read in this series as I go through them in chronological order. It stands alone as did the other two. It is a short read, highly imaginative, and certainly held my attention. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
Review pending. ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
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We do see Rocannon both as an alien anthropologist and as an Odin-figure, but it feels more forced. It’s also hard to like Rocannon, he’s too typical of the SF anthropologist hero, well equipped and resourceful, but too questioning of himself and the world to get away with that. I get the feeling that the story was pushing in the “what these people need is a honky” direction, in which Rocannon becomes a better alien than the aliens while saving their world and his, but Le Guin already right at the beginning of her career was pushing uphill against the weight of story.
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Tout d’abord, ce roman datant des années soixante présente de nombreux rebondissements et les personnages de Le Guin sont de la même veine que dans Terremer, trop humains et très attachants. Mais hélas, ce résumé se suffit à lui-même. Après un voyage qui constitue les trois quarts de l’intrigue et présente de nombreuses difficultés, la fin semble téléguidée… C’est bien mérité, dirons-nous. Et bien, non ! Depuis quand mérite-t-on de réussir parce qu’on a souffert ? Depuis qu’on lit l’imaginaire. Voilà exactement ce qu’on pourrait reprocher à ce livre un peu désuet : on y retrouve le pire (et il y en avait un peu, pas beaucoup, mais un peu) de Terremer ; un rien de niaiserie, un zeste de facilité narrative et une légère morale manichéenne que le plaisir du conte atténuait largement. C’est peut-être un tort de l’époque, cela dit. Mais cette fin téléguidée, l’enjeu rempli trop facilement, choque malgré tout. Le roman en devient sans grande conséquence, ni agréable ni pénible. Il traîne juste un peu en longueur, pour l’introduction à un cycle qui s’étend tout de même sur sept tomes…
 

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How can you tell the legend from the fact on those worlds that lie so many years away? - planets without names, called by their people simply The World, planets without history, where the past is the matter of myth, and a returning explorer finds his own doings of a few years back have become the gestures of a god.
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Dowry of the Angyar from Amazing, September 1964 is the prelude to this book.
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This debut novel from preeminent science-fiction writer Ursula LeGuin introduces her brilliant Hainish series, set in a galaxy seeded by the planet Hain with a variety of humanoid species, including that of Earth. Over the centuries, the Hainish colonies have evolved into physically and culturally unique peoples, joined by a League of All Worlds. Earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan, Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet is suddenly invaded by a fleet of ships from the stars, rebels against the League of All Worlds, Rocannon is the only survey member left alive. Marooned among alien peoples, he leads the battle to free this newly discovered world and finds that legends grow around him as he fights.

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