Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K Le Guin near-future distopian sci-fi about a man whose dreams alter reality, his therapist who tries to use this power, and a lawyer caught in the middle - "The Lathe of Heaven" is a spectacular achievement. Le Guin's precise prose lends a natural, believable quality to even the most fantastic of scenes. This book is spectacular in every sense of the world.- Cody— From Staff Picks
A classic science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, 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.
"When I read The Lathe of Heaven as a young man, my mind was boggled; now when I read it, more than twenty-five years later, it breaks my heart. Only a great work of literature can bridge - so thrillingly - that impossible span."
- Michael Chabon
"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."
"Profound. Beautifully wrought...[Le Guin's] perceptions of such matters as geopolitics, race, socialized medicine, and the patient-shrink relationship are razor sharp and more than a little cutting."
-- National Review