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Written up as being one of her best and prize worthy stories Ursula K Le Guins The Lathe of Heaven was surprisingly difficult to find reviews on This writer who has received various acknowledgements for her success in the field of Science Fiction and Fantasy writing has produced another triumph This specific novel although a somewhat futuristic deals with the mind over reality issue instead of the more traditional machine tech-future that sci-fi is accustomed to Le Guin holds a thought experiment to see what happens when a man begins to play with the powers of a god LeGuin utilizes three main characters in this book George Orr lives in a world full of self-inflicted anxiety The year is 2002 and Orr has the ability to shape the world around him through what he sees in his waking dreams This civilization does not have clue to the changes that occur around them as his dream rearrange their lives and even documented history Diagnosed with a drug problem Orr is falls into the hands of a power-mad psychiatrist Haber who tries to control Orrs dreams to his ideology This leads him to the third character Lelache who is a lawyer in the first reality but ends up intermingled through all of the alternate realities All three characters are well written and go through turbulent and descriptive emotional responses to the unfolding set of events Orrs fatigue and distrust Habers over ambitious utopian ideals and Lelaches determination and submissive undertones are all so descriptively brought together that you can identify with each one of them A large portion of this novel is dedicated to a good intentioned end but brought about by unscrupulous means This book seems to cover all the classic cliches of absolute power corrupting and how even perfection can be flawed but goes about it in such a way that can be described as utterly thrilling even though dealing with perhaps
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