The Lathe of Heaven

The Lathe of Heaven

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A placid and compassionate man discovers that he has extraordinary powers which could destroy the world

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Ursula K. Le Guin has been in the vanguard of science fiction since the publication of her first novel in 1966. Her essays and criticism, short stories and novels, have won numerous literary prizes--including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Tiptree, and National Book Awards--reverent critical acclaim, and a vast, devoted readership that reaches far beyond the genre. But out of all she has produced--all the brilliant speculations advanced and wondrous new worlds imagined--this is the work which perhaps best endures in the mind, the heart and the conscience.

The Lathe of Heaven is George Orr's story--a man who dreams things into being, for better or for worse. It is a dark vision and a warning--a fable of power uncontrolled and uncontrollable--a truly prescient and startling view of humanity, and the consequences of God-playing. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece.

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In the year 2002, George Orr discovers that his dreams are changing the world, and when he falls into the hands of a power-mad psychiatrist, he counters by dreaming up a perfect world that can overcome his nightmares. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Avon, 1977, c1971
ISBN: 9780380791859
0380791854
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy LeG
Characteristics: 175 p. ; 21 cm

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SCL_Justin Aug 05, 2017

Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven is an awesome bit of science fiction. There’s a man named Orr who sometimes changes reality in his dreams. No one else knows that anything has happened, but the guilt over the responsibility of shifting reality is too much for him, so he does too many drugs to stop sleeping, is caught and put into therapy. This is in the first few chapters. Then it gets interesting.

His therapist has a machine that makes Orr’s dreaming more regularized and controllable and then starts using him to radically reshape the world to better fit his idea of what would be better.

It’s an amazing Dickian conceit but less madly written. Highly recommended.

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Tdruid
Dec 02, 2015

Fantastic book, SOOOO much better than the movie, which I loved. I always felt Heather's character in the movie was off, but blamed the actress, who was frankly, awful, but now I know her character had been drastically altered. They really should have left the story as is. By far her best I have read.

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LaPhenixa
Nov 21, 2013

Leagues away from what I typically pick up, I can’t pretend to grasp all the ideas broached in this dystopian novel. Though the writing style I’ve come to associate with dystopias is unvarying, the beautiful imagery, often lucidly symbolic, make this book more accessible. Written 40 years ago, the themes and setting don’t feel dated, and indeed the ideas addressed are ones society still weighs today. Le Guin’s choice to set the novel in a real location makes the city’s state in the different continua seem more realistic and plausible. Le Guin’s novel is a stirring and engaging read.

jjd1986 Jun 04, 2012

It made me think of Inception, only more wild and less difficult to follow. Le Guin is a masterful writer and I find this book fun and fast. I read it only in a couple days. devoured it.

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Gordo81
Jun 27, 2011

Wonderful book, great characters and an interesting way to approach sci-fi. I think this would complement anyone studying Taoism or thinking about the world today.

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