The Left Hand of Darkness first post

I don't have a lot of time to organize my research this morning, but I've started the necessary googling to get going on the S&G/SF project. This post will contain my first sources on The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin,[1. Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace, 1969. Print.] and I'll come back in and edit it with concise versions of future posts on the topic.  Right now I can't, but when I come back later I'll also be writing the MLA style citations for my sources here.[2. Started adding footnotes with MLA citations later on the same day.]

Here are the links I have open right now, that I want to be able to close before I leave the house:

[Above posted 2014.02.21]

[Above posted 2014.02.21]

Notes about the actual book:

The Left Hand of Darkness is about a planet on which there isn't a gender binary.  There also isn't a sex binary.  All the people native to the planet are a neutral sex most of the time, and once a month go through a phase during which they acquire reproductive organs and secondary sexual characteristics.  It's not just a binary that's hidden most of the time, though -- being female in one phase doesn't mean you wouldn't be male in the next.

LHoD is the most well-known and popularly influential SF book about gender.  And, as some folks have pointed out (Hurley, MacFarlane), it's odd and disturbing that there hasn't been another book about gender of similar influence and gravity in the subsequent 35 years.  LHoD shouldn't have been a singular novelty -- and it wasn't, it didn't take too much research to uncover quite a few more books that deal with gender in SF/F -- but it should have been the early signs of the end of the gender binary as default in SF, especially far future SF, and it hasn't been that.  Most SF today still assumes that in the late third and early fourth millennium, we'll still have basically a 20th century culture surrounding gender throughout civilization.

LHoD isn't the center of my project, but it is an essential starting point -- if for no other reason than the fact that it's still generally considered mind-blowingly revolutionary highlights how badly we've failed to move past gender since the 60s.

[Above posted 2014.02.21]