Terra (Hainish cycle)

Terra (Hainish Cycle)

Terra (Hainish cycle)

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Terra or Earth plays a role in the Hainish Cycle of science fiction novels by Ursula K. Le Guin. Humans are supposed to be descendents of colonists from a planet called Hain. At some unspecified date, humans join the League of All Worlds, which includes the Cetians and other peoples of Hainish descent.

In The Left Hand of Darkness, it is said that 'Hainish Normal' people were placed among Terra's own 'proto-hominid autochthones by the ancient Hainish 'Colonizers'. Modern humans are several times mentioned as being of Hainish descent. Whether the 'autochthones' were wiped out (perhaps Neanderthals) or interbred like the later Alterrans is not made clear.

After that initial contact with Hainish civilization, perhaps the beginning of human life on Terra, Le Guin's Earth experiences two more cycles of isolation followed by the restoration of extraterrestrial contact and community with other worlds. The books of the Hainish Cycle portray major changes in Terran social organization and culture as these cycles progress. The second period of contact with the interstellar Hainish community is the background for The Word for World is Forest, in which people from Terra appear as aggressive settlers of other planets, The Dispossessed, and Rocannon's World. Some time later, City of Illusions provides a detailed description of Terra in the depths of a third era of isolation. The story takes place across a large landmass, perhaps North America, which shows signs of an advanced,...
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