A very cold planet, trapped in an eternal winter; also, the world is sometimes called Winter.
The people of Gethen - Gethenians - are androgynous. When they enter a state of reproduction (called ''kemmer
'') they sometimes enter it as a man and sometimes as a woman. An individual can both bear and sire children. See Kemmer
Gethen's period of revolution is 8401 Terran
Standard Hours or .96 of the Terran
Standard Year. The period of rotation is 23.08 Terran Standard Hours: The Gethen year contains 364 days. The year is divided into 14 months of 26 days each. (More on the Gethenian calendar and clock in The Left Hand of Darkness
, p. 302)