The Earth colony of Landin had been stranded on distant Eltanin for ten years. But ten of Eltanin's years were six hundred Terrestrial years, and the lonely and dwindling human settlement was beginning to feel the strain.
Every winter – a season which lasted for fifteen of our years – the Earthmen had neighbors. These were the humanoid hilfs, a nomadic people who only settled down when they burrowed in for the cruel long cold spell. Yet the hilfs feared the Earthmen, whom they thought of as witches and called the farborns. And their fear kept the lost colony lonely.
But hilfs and farborns had common enemies: the hordes of ravaging barbarians calld Gaals and the eerie praying snowghouls. And in the terrible winter of the Tenth Year, the only hope of hilf and farborn was to join forces or be annihilated.
Genres: science fiction
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Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was an American author. She has written novels, poetry, children's books, essays, and short stories, most notably in the fantasy and science fiction genres.
Le Guin was first published in the 1960s. Her works explore philosophical, psychological and sociological themes. She has received several Hugo and Nebula awards, and was awarded the Gandalf Grand Master award in 1979 and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2003.
Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of the anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber and the writer Theodora Kroeber. Her father was granted the first Ph.D. in Anthropology in the United States in 1901 (Columbia University). She