History Literature / TheLatheOfHeaven

28th Aug '17 8:52:26 PM PaulA
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''The Lathe of Heaven'' is a 1971 novel by UrsulaKLeGuin first serialized in ''Amazing Stories''. It was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and won the Locus Award.

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''The Lathe of Heaven'' is a 1971 novel by UrsulaKLeGuin Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin first serialized in ''Amazing Stories''. ''Magazine/AmazingStories''. It was nominated for the Hugo UsefulNotes/HugoAward and Nebula Awards UsefulNotes/NebulaAward and won the Locus Award.
11th Aug '17 6:55:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* CaughtInTheRipple: When RealityWarper George Orr has an "effective dream" and changes the world, no one remembers what the original world was like except him and anyone who was present when he had the dream.
22nd Apr '17 9:46:06 PM starjammer05
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* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: The novel. The whole point of the story is that nobody has the intelligence or wisdom to remake the world according to their own desires. The harder Haber tries, the worse things get.
23rd Feb '16 7:22:52 PM LordQwert
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** To clarify: Heather's mixed race parentage was so fundamental to her personality that she seems to be ''philosophically'' incapable of existing. More mundanely, without race issues, the story of how her parents met isn't possible.
23rd Feb '16 7:18:04 PM LordQwert
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George Orr is a [[TheEveryman perfectly ordinary man]] with one problem. Namely, when he wakes up from dreams, he gets the nagging feeling that things are ''different''. He begins to suspect that his dreams have the power to alter reality, retroactively changing the world to match his dreams, but that no one but him notices.

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George Orr is a [[TheEveryman perfectly ordinary man]] with one problem. Namely, when he wakes up from dreams, he gets the nagging feeling knows that things are ''different''. He begins to suspect that his His dreams have change the power to alter reality, retroactively changing past and present, leaving him with the world to match his dreams, memories of the old and new realities, but that no one but him notices.



The world changes bit by bit while Haber tries to create his utopia, passing through many classic dystopian sci-fi ideas in the process. Orr suspects what Haber is up to, and tries to stop the doctor from using him to warp reality. But then things get a lot worse. [[MindScrew And a lot weirder]].

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The world changes bit by bit while Haber tries to create his utopia, passing through many classic dystopian sci-fi ideas in the process. Orr suspects what Haber is up to, and tries to stop the doctor from using him to warp reality. But then Then things get a lot worse. worse, [[MindScrew And and a lot weirder]].
27th Jan '16 5:22:22 PM pwiegle
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-->'''Haber:''' I'm sure she's out there somewhere.
-->'''Orr:''' I doubt it. She was brown, not grey.
29th Oct '15 6:52:55 AM tesseract732
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* MindScrew: Is Orr delusional? [[spoiler: Dying in a nuclear-blasted wasteland? A god? A figment of ''Dr. Haber's'' imagination?]]
29th Oct '15 6:48:20 AM tesseract732
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* DyingDream: [[spoiler: Strong possibility: the entire story is hallucinated by George as he is dying in a nuked Portland. This eliminates all fantastic elements of the story, and drives Haber insane when he finds out that, both, he and the new world he was building aren't real.]]

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* DyingDream: [[spoiler: Strong possibility: the entire story is hallucinated by George as he is dying in a nuked Portland. This eliminates all fantastic elements of the story, and drives Haber insane when he finds out that, both, that both he and the new world he was building aren't real.]]


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* LiteralGenie: Orr's subconscious. When another characters wishes the aliens off the moon, they get off the moon, all right.


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* TotalitarianUtilitarian: Haber creates a world state that regulates every aspect of people's lives, among other things.


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* StrawmanPolitical: If Haber is meant to represent utilitarianism and Western rationalism.
18th Aug '15 8:17:39 PM timotaka
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* GoneHorriblyRight: Oh so very much. Trying to solve overpopulation causes a plague which kills billions. Bringing about a united and peaceful mankind is achieved through a common foe in an alien invasion. Ending racism gives everyone bland grey skin.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Oh so very much. Trying To varying degrees, combined with BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor. The clearest instance would be when Haber decides to solve overpopulation causes a plague remove racism, which kills billions. Bringing about a united and peaceful mankind is achieved through a common foe results in an alien invasion. Ending racism gives a world where everyone bland has dull grey skin.skin, and Heather ceases to exist as she was of mixed race.
18th Aug '15 12:18:08 PM timotaka
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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Possibly what breaks [[spoiler:Haber in the end: He found out that the world ended in nuclear war years ago, and he and everyone else are only alive due to Orr's dream.]]
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