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The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Lathe of Heaven
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First published in 1971, Ursula Le Guin's SF novel The Lathe of Heaven combines a sheaf of future possibilities--including an early evocation of global warming--with a parable about wishes that has the terrible clarity of a fairytale. The uncomfortably gifted George Orr is desperately drugging... show more
First published in 1971, Ursula Le Guin's SF novel The Lathe of Heaven combines a sheaf of future possibilities--including an early evocation of global warming--with a parable about wishes that has the terrible clarity of a fairytale. The uncomfortably gifted George Orr is desperately drugging himself to avoid sleep, because he knows his dreams can change the world. Psychiatrist Dr Haber begins with good intentions of curing Orr, but when he finds he can shape Orr's "effective dreams" and force his own wishes into reality, the lure of power is too much. Though Haber believes he wants only to do good, he's also quick to upgrade himself from obscurity in a windowless office to Director of the prestigious Oregon Oneirological Institute. During his flawed attempts to create an earthly paradise, we see that each sweeping change makes matters worse. Let's fix over-population: suddenly there's a new past in which humanity was almost destroyed by plague, billions of people are written out of existence, and Haber drinks a toast--"to a better world". Let's fix war: the hapless Orr's dreaming mind can only imagine and create a new threat that unites Earth against outside foes. Let's fix racism: the result is even more painful. As Orr broods: The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means. In this mad round of poisoned wishes, it becomes necessary to stop. But power-crazed Haber refuses to stop.... Beautifully written, jolting in its moral force, The Lathe of Heaven is one of Le Guin's finest SF excursions. --David Langford
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780380013203 (0380013207)
Publisher: Avon Books
Pages no: 175
Edition language: English
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YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it
3.0 Review: The Lathe of Heaven
The Lathe of Heaven is a standalone science fiction story by the same author that wrote the Earthsea series. The writing style seemed so different to me that it felt like it was written by a different author. The premise was great, the ideas and questions were thought-provoking, and the execution ...
maarjao
maarjao rated it
An excellent book from one of the greatest sci-fi authors of all time. The story takes place in a futuristic, slightly dystopian world. The MC is a rather ordinary person who has a gift or a curse - his dreams affect reality. Since he has no control of their content, he's trying to turn them off by ...
Bry's Bountiful Book Blog
Bry's Bountiful Book Blog rated it
4.0
Another great Le Guin novel. I swear, I like this woman's writing more and more with each book of hers I read! Although nominally a science fiction novel, the actual science was pretty scanty (which I'm fine with), and George Orr's power to alter reality with his dreams was more like something I'd...
Book Ramblings
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5.0 The Lathe of Heaven
This is by far my favourite Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel (well, neck and neck with her novella [b:The Word for World is Forest|276767|The Word for World is Forest (Hainish Cycle #6)|Ursula K. Le Guin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1283091038s/276767.jpg|3256815]). Her most popular science fiction books ...
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pseudolibrary rated it
5.0 The Lathe Of Heaven
This book is filled with philosophy, horror, science fiction, romance. Horror because Mt. Hood becoming an active volcano is scary to any Oregonian. There's undercurrents of Shakespeare and Brave New World. It's overwhelming in scope. Those fascinated by the workings of the brain will love this. I k...
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