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Perhaps the best science fiction I have ever read.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Lathe of Heaven (Paperback)
Granted, I don't read a lot of science fiction--it seems to me that most science fiction authors care a lot more about the science than the fiction. That is what makes this book so great: LeGuin cooks up a fascinating premise (a man whose dreams change reality), and then serves it up in gourmet style. Her descriptions are vivid, and her characters are real. Also, LeGuin deftly exploits the basic literary triad: she effectively renders three main characters (Orr, Haber, and Lelache), and each interacts effectively with the other two. All of this stands in sharp contrast to, e.g., The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, by Philip K. Dick, which also posits reality-altering experiences by its main characters, who are, by comparison, cardboard cut-outs.