Lathe of Heaven

Lathe of Heaven

There was a recent list, for the Science Fiction crowd, of five or ten “novellas” worthy of a read. Something that could digested in an afternoon, I think was the premise. As I understand it, a “novella” – not a telenovella, which are Mexican and Latin American Soap Operas in Prime Time – is too short to be a n ovel, but longer than a short story. I think the arbitrary cut-off was under 50K words, or mayvbe it was more like 35K words. I don’t recall.

One of them was Ursula LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven, which, in part, I have a thin paperback, or had, as I can’t locate it at the moment, but I did have it has a paperback, for years. Can’t recall if I ever read it, other than, it was, “Here, you should read this” kind of books.

Lathe of Heaven

Dated in some terms with technology that doesn’t translate unless one is liberal with definitions, and understanding that it was a vision of the current world from a 1960’s-esque era. Copyright date, first published was 1971, I seem to recall.

Lathe of Heaven

While it was postulated to be an afternoon read of a novella, I had to struggle through it over a week or more. But it could be a quick read, and oddly enough, I haven’t seen any of the “New Agers” adopting it.

Good material for “My People.”

The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula K. Le Guin

The Lathe Of Heaven: A Novel

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