The Lathe of Heaven

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The Lathe of Heaven is a science fiction book by Ursula K. LeGuin and first published in 1971.

Status

I don't own this book, but I am listening to an audio book recording.

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  • At one point, a lawyer describes a homosexual as attempting to rape a 12-year-old boy in public, but LeGuin has confused homosexual men (who are attracted to adult men) with pedophiles (who are attracted to children). I can't entirely blame her, as many people in the 1970s had the same misunderstanding, but by 2002 (when the book takes place) most people had been disabused of this notion.
  • The future prediction are way ahead of their time. LeGuin predicted highly effective and accurate hypnosis and dream control by 2002, but, even when I read this book in 2019, there was little progress in the field.

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