In The Female Man four women who live in parallel worlds explore each other’s worlds and experience what it means to be a women in different places. The four characters are essentially four versions of the same woman, just born in parallel universes and influenced by their societies. By the end of the book, although they separate and go back to their own worlds, each woman has new ideas and perspectives on the world and their personal experience as women.
In The Handmaid’s Tale there is a lack of individuality, only what the theocratic dictatorship allows. Under the religious totalitarian government, women were seen as being protected through the strict rules, however, these rules also took away their individual identities. Through flashbacks the novel explores how the world was before the totalitarian theocracy established a dictatorship, in a world before the loss of individuality to the society.
Because of the difference in the societies there is a barrier of understanding between the main character for much of the novel. The Left-Hand of Darkness also explores the idea of trying to create a galactic community that would connect many diverse and uniquely different societies. By the end of the novel, the two characters from the different worlds reach a deep level of understanding and appreciation for each other and the two societies begin to work together.
The goal in redesigning these books in particular as a set is to invite a new audience to enjoy these classics. While the original covers worked well inside their respective times and genres, The ideas and discussions that stem from these books complement each other well and with a new style of cover they will encourage a new group of readers to explore them.