The Lathe of Heaven

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Victor Gollancz Limited, 2001 - Imagination - 184 pages
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George Orr is a mild and unremarkable man who finds the world a less than pleasant place to live: seven billion people jostle for living space and food. But George dreams dreams which do in fact change reality ż and he has no means of controlling this extraordinary power. Psychiatrist Dr William Haber offers to help. At first sceptical of Georgeżs powers, he comes to astonished belief. When he allows ambition to get the better of ethics, George finds himself caught up in a situation of alarming peril.

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LeGuin is a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
The premise is simple, and also fascinating. - Goodreads
But she held her own as the only main female character. - Goodreads
She seems like an excellent writer and not my taste. - Goodreads
An interesting premise and lots of ideas to ponder. - Goodreads
When Le Guin was writing the book 2002 was the future. - Goodreads

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Years ago, when I had only read her Earthsea books (and loved them), I was skeptical of LeGuin's scifi, as I was skeptical of most scifi. After reading Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

A beautiful book, one of the most moving novels I know of. The characters live on the page, the story is fascinating and surprising. What more do you want? And even lovelier and more moving on a re-read. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Arguably one of the canonical writers of American science fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1929, the daughter of Alfred L. and Theodora Kroeber. After earning an A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and an A.M. from Columbia University, Le Guin was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1953. The genre formerly classified as 'science fiction' has become divided into sub-genres, such as fantasy, realistic fiction, alternative history, and other categories. Le Guin resists classifying her own work in any one area, saying that some of it may be called 'science fiction', while other writings may be considered 'realist' and still others 'magical realism' (her term). Le Guin is one of the few writers whose works (which include poetry and short fiction) can be found in public libraries' collections for children, young adults, and adults. Le Guin's published works include a novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, that won an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She has been nominated several times for the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award--the highest honors in science fiction/fantasy writing--and has won both awards. Her Earthsea Trilogy is a mainstay of libraries' fantasy fiction collections. Le Guin married Charles Alfred Le Guin on December 22, 1953. They live in Portland, Ore.

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