The Hainish Cycle is a series of soft science fiction novels and short fiction by American author Ursula K. Le Guin. Eons ago, the Hainish people colonized many different worlds, including Terra (we know it as “Earth”), but their civilization collapsed and the knowledge that other human worlds existed was lost. The series explores alternative anthropological and sociological ideas.

The Hainish series began in 1964 with the short story Dowry of the Angyar (aka Semley’s Necklace). The first novel in the series is titled Rocannon’s World, published in 1966. The short stories in the series are collected in various collections like The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, A Fisherman of the Inland Sea and The Birthday of the World. Below is a list of Ursula Le Guin’s Hainish novels in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Hainish Cycle Books


Rocannon's World(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Planet of Exile(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
City of Illusions(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Left Hand of Darkness(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dispossessed(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Word for World is Forest(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four Ways to Forgiveness(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Telling(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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