…but not really.
Hello Offbeaters! Hope you are well after we went on spring break. We missed you sorely, but everyone needs a break sometimes (even us!).
But after a break, we are very pleased to come back to normal schedule. And speaking of that, what’s all this business about heaven?
Well, trust me, its a lot more complex than it seems.
This week we recommend a sci-fi classic by Ursula K. Le Guin, Lathe of Heaven. Its super offbeat, weird, and thought-provoking all at once.
Now, though you may not have heard of this book, Le Guin is actually quite a famous sci-fi novelist. She has written over 20 novels and has been named a “Living Legend” in the Library of Congress for her work, among other awards. The Lathe of Heaven is one of her most popular novels, and has been adapted into two different films.
Le Guin has even been called “America’s Greatest Living Science Fiction Writer” by The New York Times. So yeah, she’s pretty badass.
Now, to her story. The Lathe of Heaven follows the life of George Orr, a man who has been gifted, or cursed, with the ability to have his dreams become reality. To try to subdue his powers, George overuses sleeping pills, but eventually gets caught by the government and sent to get psychiatric help. With his doctor, Doctor Haber, George’s powers are pushed, pulled, and tested into a sci-fi novel that questions what may happen when science tries to control the unknown, and a scientist tries to play God.
The story is complicated, profound, and truly makes the reader pay attention to every detail as well as truly think about the world around them. Following the events of George Orr’s life is fascinating and tragic all at once, and just like George, makes you question at times what reality is anymore.
As someone who loves sci-fi, this is a novel that truly impressed me with its commentary on society and its questioning of man’s desire for control.
Following along for the ride is only half the fun.
The book is well-written, brilliant, and intensive; a great think-piece for any inquisitive reader. If you have any interest in science, sci-fi, or social commentary (or even just great, tight writing), try this gem of a book out.
But for the love of God, do watch out for aliens.
Be wary of your dreams, explore the unknown, and stay weird.
(This post is accredited to our lovely communications team member and blog manager, Stephanie Marceau)