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The Lathe of Heaven/The Dispossessed/The Wind's Twelve Quarters
The Lathe of Heaven/The Dispossessed/The Wind's Twelve Quarters Author:Ursula K. Le Guin Two novels and a collection of short stories all in one by Ursula K. Le Guin. — No one knows more how frightening dreams can be than George Orr. In the Lathe of Heaven, Orr, a mild-mannered "everyman" from a bleak near-future, discovers he has a strange and terrible talent-not only do his dreams come true, but they rip at the very fabric of rea... more »lity.
A strangely moving parable of our times, The Dispossessed is the story of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the deeply isolationist planet Anarres. Shevek risks hostility and death when he tries to topple the walls of hatred and distrust between his home world, the wealthy planet Urras, and the rest of the civilized universe.
The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a superb retrospective of Le Guin's best short fiction. Included is "Semley's Necklace," "The Word of Unbinding," "Nine Lives," and fourteen other stories. Each story includes a brief introduction by the author, setting it in perspective or giving its background, and there is also a foreword in which Le Guin describes her experience and approach to writing in the field of science fiction and fantasy.« less