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The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin

A man with the power to reify reality really needs a new shrink.

The Lathe of Heaven

Scribner, 1971, 184 pages

A classic science fiction novel by one of the greatest writers of the genre, set in a future world where one man's dreams control the fate of humanity.

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.

A passive protagonist's passive tale of omnipotence.

Also by Ursula K. Le Guin: My reviews of The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness.

My complete list of book reviews.
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