April 15, 2008
April 15, 2008
In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes. The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity's self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.
The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity's self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.
Ursula Le Guin referred to this novel as her "homage a Philip K. Dick." George Orr is a draftsman whose dreams are changing reality. He takes speed to stay awake, and barbiturates so that when he does fall asleep he won't dream. But ultimately he consults with Dr. Haber, a psychiatrist who--delighted at George's talent--hooks him up to a machine and sets about reforming the world. What Dr. Haber does not consider is that when one part of reality is changed--no matter how lofty the goal--other parts must also change as a consequence. When George awakens, he fights Haber's attempts to manipulate him. Nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, this novel was the winner of the 1972 Locus Poll Award.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Human Qualities + Behavior, Conflicts + Dualities, Science Fiction + Fantasy
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
- Online Item #: 11386712
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-0373
- ISBN: 9781416556961
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported