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By Ursula K. Le Guin

The Earth colony of Landin has been stranded on Werel for ten years, and ten of Werel's years are over six hundred terrestrial years, and the lonely and dwindling human payment is starting to consider the tension. each iciness, a season that lasts for 15 years, the Earthmen have pals: the humanoid hilfs, a nomadic those who in basic terms quiet down for the harsh chilly spell. The hilfs worry the Earthmen, whom they believe of as witches and get in touch with the farborns. yet hilfs and farborns have universal enemies: the hordes of ravaging barbarians known as gaals and eerie preying snow ghouls. Will they sign up for forces or be annihilated?
Planet of Exile is the second one within the Hainish Cycle sequence. (preceeded via Rocannon's World and through City of Illusions.)

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To get a few dinner, maybe," he entire vaguely. She had now not eaten; he sat along with her within the meeting Room, and ate a bit. Then they wear their coats to move the unlit, wind-whistling sq. to the varsity development, the place they shared a school room with different undefined. The dormitories in outdated corridor have been more well-off, yet many of the married of which the spouse had now not long gone out to the Stack most popular not less than this semi-privacy, after they can have it. One girl was once drowsing in the back of a row of desks, bundled up in her coat. Tables were up-ended to seal the damaged home windows from stones and darts and wind. Agat and his spouse positioned their coats down at the unmatted ground for bedding. ahead of she enable him sleep, Rolery collected fresh snow from a windowsill and washed the injuries in his hand and scalp with it. It damage, and he protested, short-tempered with fatigue; yet she acknowledged, "You are the Alterra-you do not get sick-but it will do no damage. No damage . . . " bankruptcy 13: The misplaced Day IN HIS FEVERISH sleep, within the chilly darkness of the dusty room, Agat spoke aloud occasionally, and as soon as while she used to be asleep he known as to her from his personal sleep, achieving out around the unlit abyss, calling her identify from farther and farther away. His voice broke her dreaming and she or he woke. It used to be nonetheless darkish. Morning got here early: mild shone in round the upturned tables, white streaks around the ceiling. the lady who were there once they got here in final evening nonetheless slept on in exhaustion, however the different couple, who had slept on one of many writing-tables to prevent the drafts, roused up. Agat sat up, regarded round, and stated in his hoarse voice, with a glance, "The storm's over . . . " Sliding one of many tables apart a bit they peered out and observed the realm back: the trampled sq., snow-mounded barricades, nice shuttered facades of the 4 constructions, snow-covered roofs past them, and a glimpse of the ocean. A white and blue global, brilliantly transparent, the shadows blue and each element touched by way of the early solar magnificent white. It used to be very appealing; however it was once as though the partitions that safe them have been torn down within the evening. Agat used to be pondering what she proposal, for he acknowledged, "We'd larger get on over to the corridor prior to they notice they could sit up straight at the rooftops and use us for target-practice. " "We can use the basement tunnels to get from one development to another," one of many others stated. Agat nodded. "We will," he stated. "But the barricades have to be manned. Rolery procrastinated until eventually the others had long past, then controlled to cajole the impatient Agat to permit her examine his head-wound back. It used to be greater or not less than no worse. His face nonetheless confirmed the thrashing he had acquired from her kinsmen; her personal fingers have been bruised from dealing with rocks and ropes, and whole of sores that the chilly had made worse. She rested her battered fingers on his battered head and commenced to snicker. "Like previous warriors," she stated. "O Jakob Agat, once we visit the rustic lower than the ocean, will you've your entrance the teeth again?

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