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.
January 1, 1971  |  175 pages
(Read from Aug 16, 2020 to Aug 27, 2020)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
My ADHD seems to actually be getting worse as I get older so it's a rarer and rarer treat to find a book that keeps me wondering wow what's gonna happen next instead of alright how many pages left in this chapter. Ursula's doing a clear PKD impression in this novel, but she's good at it, outstripping him in strength of prose (tho I'd argue Dick's satire is more well integrated).