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George Orr has dreams that come true--dreams that change reality. He dreams that the aunt who is sexually harassing him is killed in a car crash, and wakes to find that she died in a wreck six weeks ago, in another part of the country. But a far darker dream drives George into the care of a psychotherapist--a dream researcher who doesn't share George's ambivalence about altering reality.
The Lathe of Heaven is set in the sort of worlds that one would associate with Philip K. Dick, but Ms. Le Guin's treatment of the material, her plot and characterization and concerns, are more akin to the humanistic, ethically engaged, psychologically nuanced fiction of Theodore Sturgeon. The Lathe of Heaven is an insightful and chilling examination of total power, of war and injustice and other age-old problems, of changing the world, of playing God. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Classic portrayal of the 'butterfly effect', with the meekness of George Orr constrasting to the hubris of Dr. Haber. The aliens are my favorite part.Published 1 month ago by law
Le Guin's, The Lathe of Heaven had lots of sci-fi hype and a provoking idea. What happens if what you dream whether unintentional or suggested become real? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cindy Beverly
This is quite possibly one of the most unusual books I have ever read. The main character, George Orr, initially seems colourless and limp until the layers begin to be revealed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BookloverJen
Ishi awakens the last survivor of his race, the Yahi, and begins a journey of change. Along the way, noble minded scientists try to help him but, in the end, use him for their own... Read morePublished on March 21 2004
Great book!! This is the first Ursula K. Le Guin novel I've read, and I think it's fantastic. I'm not much of a sci-fi fan, but Lathe of Heaven avoids the lamer tendencies of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004
Is it fixed series of events, a string of cause and effect? Or can it be changed at a whim, changed by nothing but a dream of a sleeping man? George Orr is that man. Read morePublished on July 15 2003 by Michael Valdivielso
A haunting mythic story of a man whose dreams can create an alternate reality. He struggles with a over-ambitious medical researcher over control of his brain, to remain in touch... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by John Hovig
"Lathe of Heaven" is the first novel I've read by Le Guin, and I wasn't dissapointed.
In it, the author fashions a quiet but chilling world where nothing truly exists, and we... Read more
Now I know why I stopped reading Science Fiction at age 15. I'd always heard & read about how great this book was & having seen both film adaptations, which were criticized as... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by inframan