The Lathe of Heaven

the lathe of heaven

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.

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Reviews & Quotes:

“When I read The Lathe of Heaven as a young man, my mind was boggled. When I read it, more than 25 years later, it breaks my heart. Only a great work of literature can bridge — so thrillingly — that impossible span.”
— Michael Chabon

The Lathe of Heaven is a psychological thriller in every sense of the term. The story can be enjoyed as a struggle between a man and his therapist to ‘make a breakthrough,’ as a SF parable about the dangers of becoming a God, or simply as a page turner, full of twists and shocks.
“Whichever way you approach it, this book is wonderful. Sensitive, moving and shocking — and containing in George Orr one of SF’s greatest characters, The Lathe of Heaven will stay in your mind long after you’ve put it down. Sweet dreams.”
— Sam Ashurst, The SF Site

“A rare and powerful synthesis of poetry and science, reason and emotion.”
— The New York Times

“Le Guin neatly and eerily conveys the bad-dream civilization which is George’s everyday world.”
— Washington Post Book World

“Ursula Le Guin brings reality itself to the proving ground.>”
— Theodore Sturgeon