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Review ã The Lathe of Heaven Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É 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 OrS 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 uestioning the nature of reality itself It is a classic of the science fiction genre. Well  Dreams have always fascinated me the random pieces of our lives and subconscious that insinuate themselves into our dreams  Things we fear things we wish for and people who are dead in life but live on in our dreams  In this novel we have a mild mannered seemingly ineffectual man but whose dreams mean business  That is to say when he dreams a different reality is spawned and remains after waking  The spacetimedream continuum has never been trickier  Sanity is shaken  Sci fi is not my go to genre by any means but I'm happy to have made an exception here

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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. “To sleep perchance to Dream; Aye there's the rub
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
 When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
 Must give us pause”Ursula K LeGuin delivers a riveting but simple tale of a man whose dreams can affect and alter reality Told with an Arthur C Clarke like elegance and minimalism but with her signature mastery of the language LeGuin goes beyond an interesting concept and explores the ins and outs and what have yous of someone with God like but mercurial powers Reminiscent of Frank Herbert at his best this is a psychological thriller and a philosophical examination rolled up in a LeGuin gemLeGuin’s gift of descriptive narration is in full form in this 1971 publication that was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards and won the Locus Award for Best Novel Her prose is stylish and beautiful “Are there really people without resentment without hate People who never go cross grained to the universe Who recognize evil and resist evil and yet are utterly unaffected by it” I also loved the descriptive terms she used to describe Miss LeLache the lawyer with words and phrases that made her appear menacing and bug likeLeGuin’s protagonist is George Orr and he is another Shevik from The Dispossessed like character minimalistic with inner peace calm unaffected by outside forces but enmeshed and swallowed whole by his own inner problems to solve But unlike Shevic who had a purposeful dynamic LeGuin has cast Orr as a peaceful humble dreamer I don’t always cast the characters in a book like a film but this time I did I imagined Dr Haber as a bearded fast talking George Clooney even though LeGuin’s description of him was larger than life and like a huge bearThis was a great pleasure to read 2018 Ms Le Guin passed from us yesterday she will be missed and never forgotten

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The Lathe of HeavenHis 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 purpose. Sometime in 1980 I caught a trippy sci fi movie on television It blew my mind with its psychedelic special effects and consciousness altering ideas But like so many psychedelic and consciousness altering experiences some of it impressed itself deeply on my memory while other details were uickly forgotten like a dream upon awakeningI remembered that a man’s dreams rewrote reality I remembered that the black woman he loved had turned gray along with the rest of the world And I remembered that the TV station was PBS or channel Thirteen as it was called in New York City But I didn’t remember the titleIn the years that followed I often wished to see that movie again When I thumbed through the TV Guide I would read the descriptions of the PBS programs in the hope of recognizing something But I never saw anything that I recognized I now know why The cost of using the Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends” was prohibitiveNevertheless the mystery was eventually solved I don’t know what prompted me to read The Lathe of Heaven other than the fact that I freuented the science fiction sections of bookstores whenever possible and that something having to do with dreams was guaranteed to get my attention I also don’t know exactly how far I read into The Lathe of Heaven before I recognized it as the source of the movie that blew my mind that evening in 1980 But there it was My trippy dream movie in its original formI have read this book a few times since then and it is one of those books where I seem to get something different from it each time I read it From my first and most superficial reading I got exactly what I wanted a mind bending sci fi story about alternate realities Reading it years later after my graduate studies in philosophy I got a Taoist parable about the dangers of Utilitarianism Still later assigning it to a few literature courses I was teaching I got a richly symbolic and occasionally poetic work of literary brilliance This time I got all that and It is still the dreaming that interests me above all The Taoism still enchants me and a few passages especially what I will call the “jellyfish” passages still delight me But on this reading I was sensitive to the metaphysics of the story Haber wants to be God but isn’t George doesn’t want to be God but is Of course George is not actually God but he might as well be His dreams become reality When the world ends he dreams it back into existence He might as well be Vishnu the cosmic dreamer the sleeping God who dreams the universe into existence I know that this is a Taoist story that George is the uncarved block the man who goes with the flow yielding desireless soft as water But I also see echoes of Hinduism in this story According to the Mandukya Upanishad there are four states of consciousness waking dreaming deep sleep and transcendence In waking life consciousness is directed without In dreaming life consciousness is directed within In deep sleep consciousness is silent and the self is at peace These are the ordinary states of consciousness But there is a fourth state of consciousness transcendence It is pure eternal undifferentiated This is the true state of the self Is this the state of consciousness George experiences as he lays on the floor of his darkened living room “ He lay still not asleep; somewhere else than sleep father on farther out a place where there are no dreams It was not the first time he had been there” 78George intuitively recognizes the oneness of all things “ Self is universe” 142 says one of the extraterrestrial creations of his dreaming mind “Thou art that” says the Chandogya Upanishad Atman is Brahman Self is God consciousness all that is Unlike George Haber thinks of God as a benevolent ruler who controls and directs the world This is precisely why he wants to be God And it is precisely why he is so alienated from the world and from himself When Haber dreams chaos ensues The world becomes unmade because he cannot bear the knowledge that it is all a dream And what if it is What if life is a dream What if everything in the universe everything past present and future everything from the Big Bang to the Apocalypse is all just a dream in the mind of God When Vishnu’s dream ends the universe ends Everything ceases to exist until he dreams again Do George’s dreams likewise sustain the universe Does he sleep on the cosmic sea a lotus arising from his navel Heather Lelache like Lakshmi massaging his feet as he dreams a new reality into existence And if he does if this is what reality is does it matter To a rational mind a utilitarian mind in short a mind like Haber’s mind this is an existential nightmare But to a mind that can embrace paradox a mind that seeks harmony rather than control it does not matter at all