For the first time in eBook edition comes a science fiction classic that is at once eerie and prescient, wildly entertaining and ferociously intelligent.
Winner of the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and one of the most acclaimed writers in science fiction, Ursula Le Guin’s classic novel The Lathe of Heaven imagines a world in which one man’s dreams can change all of our realities.
In a world beset by climate instability and overpopulation, George Orr discovers that his dreams have the power to alter reality. Upon waking, the world he knew has become a strange, barely recognizable place, where only George has the clear memory of how it was before. He seeks counseling from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately understands how powerful a weapon George wields. Soon, George is a pawn in Haber’s dangerous game, where the fate of humanity grows more imperiled with every waking hour.
As relevant to our current world as it was when it won the Locus Award, Ursula Le Guin’s novel is a true classic, at once eerie and prescient, wildly entertaining and ferociously intelligent.
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This is a brilliant work of Science Fiction. One of the most intelligently written novels I've read.
Alternate Reality Confusion
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.
George Orr lives in a world beset by climate instability and overpopulation. However, his dreams have power over reality. When he awakens from vivid dreams, he finds that the world has become strange. It does not fit the clear memory of the world before he slept. Terrified of this power, he seeks the help of psychiatrist Dr. William Haber. Dr. Haber realizes what a powerful tool this could be for good. George becomes a pawn in Dr. Haber’s playing God. With each dream, humanity grows more imperiled.
This is the first novel I’ve read by the late Ursula K. Le Guin. The concept itself is interesting. What if a person found he had the power to change reality? Could this person manage all the variables that go into changing reality? This is a fascinating element of this novel. As Dr. Haber manipulates George Orr’s gift to change the world for the better, new problems seem to replace the old ones.
My problem with the book is that it becomes confusing. This is a danger for books that deal with alternate reality stories, such as time travel. As the world changes, so do the settings, antagonists, and goals. Being an action/adventure type, this may not have been the Ursula Le Guin story to cut my teeth on.
This short book is packed with wit, adventure and mystery as George Orr living in Portland, OR constantly dreams new worlds into retroactive existence with the unwanted help of dream specialist Dr. Haber. I saw the PBS movie first and recorded it to VHS tape which I watched many times, and have read the paperback nearly as many times. Great story and characters.