Novels & Fiction

Planet of exile‎

Planet of exile‎ by Ursula K. Le Guin

More than fifty years have passed since the book "Planet of Exile" was written, but the narration of Legoin's intellectual concerns are still fresh and it seems that he wrote his book for today's audience. Planet of Exile tells the story of a group of inhabitants of the earth who went to another planet for a research mission, but now all their communication channels with the outside world are cut off and they are treated like exiled people.

Here we are faced with the story of immigrants and exiles who have no way to return to their land and the new land does not accept them either.

Ursula Kroeber Legoin is not only one of the prominent writers of science-fiction literature, but according to critics, she is one of the great writers of the 20th century who has been able to achieve important honors and awards, and along with writers such as Vonnegut and Ballard.


Six hundred years ago, a ship from the World League (an overarching government covering hundreds of planets) arrived on a planet in the Gamma Dragonis system. A planet that covers sixty Earth years each year and each season lasts fifteen years. The people of this ship built cities on the planet, but according to their law, they could not use technologies far beyond the technology of the natives of the planet (to prevent the destruction of the culture of the natives of the planet). The occupants of this ship intended to introduce the indigenous people who lived like primitive and nomadic tribes with new technologies and knowledge and prepare this planet to join the world league. But after only a few years, a great war between the World League and an alien race occurs and the ship is forced to leave the planet; However, some passengers remain on the planet to pursue their mission until the return of the ship. But the ship will not return and now six hundred years have passed and twenty generations of the ship's occupants have lived on the planet. Their descendants still know how to read and write and read the books left by their ancestors, but they don't know if the ship really existed or if it is a myth! Due to the harsh conditions of life on the planet (fifteen years of harsh winters every year) and the decreasing fertility of the descendants of the ship (who call themselves Tevars) every year, their population has decreased and only a few thousand of them remain in their main city, Lundin. . The story begins at the beginning of the winter of the 10th anniversary of the presence of the ship's passengers. Every year at the beginning of the winter season, the northern invading tribes come to the southern lands sporadically to steal, but this time they are united and nearly a hundred thousand people on their way to the south loot all the winter cities on the way and kill their people. Now, Jacob Agat Altra, the chief of the Travans, is forced to unite with the chiefs of the tribes living in the surrounding winter cities to confront these tribes. But an incident causes the collapse of this alliance. The story is about a war that takes place at the beginning of this harsh winter.


About writer

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was a feminist science-fiction writer. Lugoin is one of the leading authors of feminist science-fiction style. Le Guin has experimented in the fields of novels, poetry, children's stories and essay writing, but he is most famous for his science fiction and fantasy stories written in the form of short stories or novels. He, who published his first stories in this genre in the 1960s, is now considered one of the most important writers of science fiction.

One of Le Guin's most famous works is the science fiction The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), which deals with a sexless society. The four series of Sea of ​​Earth (1968-1990) is one of his science fiction works. He has won several Hugo and Nebiola awards.

Le Guin's most famous works are science fiction, but he wrote various works including more than 19 science-fiction and fantasy novels; He has created 9 volumes of short stories, articles, translations, 13 children's books and poems.

He even collaborated with avant-garde composer David Buford on an opera in 1985. He wrote "Opera for Rigel 9" about a group of astronauts on a strange planet. The plot of the story is that only one of the astronauts can see an alien city.

Le Guin's works carry her evolving views on social science, feminism, environmentalism, and utopias.