Worlds of Exile and Illusion

Rocannon’s World, Planet of Exile, & City of Illusions

These three novels, Le Guin’s earliest, explore the experiences of visitors on three different planets. In Rocannon’s World, a lone anthropologist finds himself on a deadly adventure to prevent an enemy assault. In Planet of Exile, an abandoned group of colonists, their numbers small after generations on an alien world, must forge a union with a local tribe and together fend off an attack. In City of Illusions, an alien on Terra (Earth), his memory wiped, ventures on foot across North America through ruined towns to learn the truth of his life. At times the books seem intent on demonstrating the frailty of the human condition; at others, its persistence.