Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Release Date: 1966
** spoiler alert ** The first book in the Hainish Cycle, “Rocannon’s World” tells the story of a scientist stranded on a planet with several civilizations of sentient beings he is knowledgeable of and at least one he is not.
The book works at times as sort of a Hobbit style story with science fiction mixed in (but never delved into). The book is very short (my copy was about 113 pages) and moves at a brisk pace. The drawback to that is there’s not much time to get attached to anybody except Rocannon. The short story that opens the book catches you off guard with the twist at the end.
I don’t know if this is a specific genre where the mix of sci-fi and fantasy are so seamlessly mixed, but I’m looking forward to reading more of the series before getting to the award winning chapters.