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The Lathe of Heaven

Written By:Ursula K. Le Guin - 1971

  • The Lathe of Heaven  - Ursula K. Le Guin cover


A better future is possible. But when dreams can become reality, a better future can be a nightmare...

If dreams could change the world... A dreamer could destroy it

George Orr's deams do change the world. He is the only one who knows it... he and the power-mad psychiatrist who is forcing George to dream a new reality, a better reality, free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery.

But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence, and George must dream and dream again, forever seeking a perfect future. Until the very essence of cosmic reality begins to disintegrate.


The Lathe of Heaven is perhaps the finest, most eerily provocative novel from an author who is world renowned for the dramatic force of her vision.

"What Science Fiction is supposed to do." —Newsweek

"Rare and Powerful" —The New York Times