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The Lathe of Heaven 16 editions

Cover of: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
About the Book

“The Lathe of Heaven” ; 1971 ( Ursula Le Guin received the 1973 Locus Award for this story)
George Orr has a gift – he is an effective dreamer: his dreams become reality when he wakes up. He is aware of his past and present, two or more sets of memories, although the people around him are only aware of the current reality.
This science fiction story is set in Portland, Oregon, in/around the late 1990s - early 2000s. Orr begins to take drugs to suppress dreams but eventually he is sent to a psychotherapist, Dr. William Haber, who has developed an electronic machine, the Augmentor, which records the brain patterns of a person as they dream. When Haber realizes that he can use Orr's unique ability to change their world, the consequences are both beneficial and frightening, both locally and globally. Orr seeks out the help of a civil rights lawyer, Heather Lelache, who attends a treatment session, and sees Portland change before her very eyes as Orr awakens. In a strange turn of events, Heather helps Orr by putting him in a dream state where Orr can undo some of Haber's actions. The result – Aliens on the Moon land on Earth ! A special affinity exists between George Orr and the Aliens, who seem to understand his unique gift. Ultimately Haber decides to impose Orr's brain patterns on his own, so that he can bring about world-wide changes. Orr and Heather feel the chaos and a sense of a void as Haber dreams. Orr rushes back to Haber's office and turns off the Augmentor. The world returns to April 1998.

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16 editions First published in 1971

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1971, Scribner
The lathe of heaven
in English
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1971, Scribner
The lathe of heaven
in English
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1972, Gollancz
The Lathe of Heaven
Hardcover
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1973, Avon
The lathe of heaven
in English
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1979, Gollancz
The lathe of heaven
in English
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1982, R. Bentley
The lathe of heaven
in English
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1991, Phantom Press International
Jesteḿy snem
in Polish
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1991, Book-of-the-Month Club
The lathe of heaven
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February 1995, Avon Books
The Lathe of Heaven
in English
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February 1995, Avon
The Lathe of Heaven
Paperback
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April 1, 1997, Eos
Lathe of Heaven
in English
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April 1997, Rebound by Sagebrush
Lathe of Heaven
School & Library Binding in English
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April 1998, Blackstone Audiobooks
Lathe of Heaven
Audio Cassette in English
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February 1999, Reef Audio
The Lathe of Heaven
Audio Cassette in English
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2003, Perennial Classics
The lathe of heaven
in English - 1st Perennial Classics ed.
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May 20, 2008, Scribner
The Lathe Of Heaven
Paperback in English

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