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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Jan 24, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: owned, science-fiction
Read from January 02 to 04, 2014

Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven is, in my mind, one of the forgotten greats of science fiction. It is a novel about a man named George Orr (a likely reference to 1984 author George Orwell) whose dreams can change reality and how his opportunistic psychiatrist takes advantage of Orr's unique capabilities. It incorporates psychology, sociology, philosophy, and even a little bit of meta-critical thought about the nature of science fiction surreptitiously thrown in for good measure. It is fascinating to see how Le Guin has the changes alter reality after each dream, and it is through those changes that she makes observations on the morals and ethics of making changes to justice, social order, and morality. Lathe is a short but fascinating read, and it is one that I will revisit.

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