Title Spotlight: Rocannon’s World

As you’ll know, our great joy at having the brilliant The Left Hand of Darkness join the SF Masterworks series has led us to undertake a celebration of the works of the peerless Ursula K. Le Guin. And one of the works we’re highlighting currently is her debut novel: Rocannon’s World.

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.


Rocannon’s World is the first published work in Ursula K. Le Guin’s famed Hainish nuniverse – the setting for The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed to name but two. It is available as a Gateway eBook or in print as part of the Worlds of Exile and Illusion omnibus, along with Planet of Exile and City of Illusions.

You can find more of Ursula K. Le Guin’s work via her Author page on the Gateway website, and read about her in her entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.