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For 600 years, a colony of humans have lived on Gamma Draconis III. It's a planet that has various humanoid species and clans, where a planetary year lasts 60 Earth years, so each person experiences but one long turn of the seaons in a lifetime. Constrained by League of All Worlds precepts not to use or introduce more sophisticated technologies to the planet's inhabitants than they already have, the "Alterrans" have slowly devolved -- forgetting the use of space ships and shrinking in population, although some have developed basic telepathy skills. Agat, one of the "farborns" as the planet's indigenous peoples call them, falls in love with Rolery, an independent-minded female of the Tevar, who marries him even though they cannot reproduce. The beastly and primitive Gaal are invading from the north, in front of the creeping Winter season, and instead of merely scavenging they have formed a united army, so the question is whether the historically distrustful Tevar, Pernmek, and Allakskat can form an alliance with the "farborn" Alterrans to stop or divert the Gaal. This early LeGuin (1966) is more unified and satisfying than _Rocannon's World_ (there is even a passing mention of Rocannon in this book), but still fairly basic.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   primitive aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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