The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres. But Shevek's work is being stifled by... show more
The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres.
But Shevek's work is being stifled by jealous colleagues, so he travels to Anarres's sister-planet Urras, hoping to find more liberty and tolerance there. But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game.
Publish date: 1999-08-12
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Pages no: 319
Edition language: English
I didn't realise when I picked it up that this is the sixth book in a series. Fortunately it can be read alone with no discernible difficulties. I love it. I don't usually read sci-fi, but having enjoyed Left Hand of Darkness I felt I owed it to myself to try more of Le Guin's books. This one centre...
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