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The best novel that Philip K Dick never wrote,
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This review is from: The Lathe Of Heaven (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
Dick himself had nothing but praise for Le Guin's tribute to his best work of the 60s, in which she takes familiar Dick elements - alternative worlds, drug-induced paranoia, cryptic aliens and a humble working man as the central protagonist -and adds her own poetic flair, in the process giving us some surprisingly sympathetic characters and ominously believable utopian/dystopian visions of the future. It's also very funny.
First published in 1971, it hasn't aged one jot, its vision of global warming more relevant now than ever: '... it was the endless warm drizzle of spring - the ice of Antarctica, falling softly on the heads of the children of those responsible for melting it'.
A brilliant, unqualified SF masterpiece.