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The Lathe of Heavenby Ursula K. Le Guin
Synopses & Reviews
George Orr is a man who discovers he has the peculiar ability to dream things into being — for better or for worse. In desperation, he consults a psychotherapist who promises to help him — but who, it soon becomes clear, has his own plans for George and his dreams.
The Lathe of Heaven is a dark vision and a warning — a fable of power uncontrolled and uncontrollable. It is a truly prescient and startling view of humanity, and the consequences of playing God.
"A rare and powerful synthesis of poetry and science, reason and emotion." The New York Times
"Gracefully developed....Extremely inventive....What science fiction is supposed to do." Newsweek
"Le Guin neatly and eerily conveys the bad-dream civilization which is George's everyday world." Washington Post Book World
"A very good book....A writer's writer, Ursula Le Guin brings reality itself to the proving ground." Theodore Sturgeon
"A brilliant novel about the future." Pensacola News
About the Author
Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than one hundred short stories, two collections of essays, four volumes of poetry, and nineteen novels. Her best-known fantasy works, the Earthsea books, have sold millions of copies in America and England, and have been translated into sixteen languages. Her first major work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness, is considered epochmaking in the field because of its radical investigation of gender roles and its moral and literary complexity.
Three of Le Guin's books have been finalists for the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and among the many honors her writing has received are the National Book Award, five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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