The Lathe Of Heaven


Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473205999

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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George Orr is a mild and unremarkable man who finds the world a less than pleasant place to live: seven billion people jostle for living space and food. But George dreams dreams which do in fact change reality - and he has no means of controlling this extraordinary power. Psychiatrist Dr William Haber offers to help. At first sceptical of George's powers, he comes to astonished belief. When he allows ambition to get the better of ethics, George finds himself caught up in a situation of alarming peril.

Ursula K. Le Guin

A Critical Companion


Author: Susan M. Bernardo,Graham J. Murphy

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313332258

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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Examines the major works of the science fiction author, describing her characters, narrative strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and significant themes.

The Lathe of God

A Quest for Noah's Ark


Author: Angus L. Franklin

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595502830

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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Millions of people worldwide are dying of RAPAIDS, a unique new form of biological terrorism, unleashed by a militant terrorist group seeking ultimate power. While desperately working on a cure, Andrew Roberts, a brilliant medical geneticist, and several of his colleagues are enticed into a covert scientific military operation that takes them on a horrendous journey. They will travel to Mount Ararat to find Noah's Ark and the secret that it holds; the Lathe of God, a legendary device housing a gene library of all known life that may save the world from the terrorist weapon that has gone terribly wrong. To undertake this journey, they must each overcome their own personal fears and cling to their shattered faith. Can they overcome the challenges of the mountain and the terrorist factions that seek to destroy them at every turn? Does this one thing that can save the world really exist, or is the fate of mankind sealed? Only by working together can they attempt to undertake and be successful in a quest for something that has eluded archaeologists and religious experts for centuries.

Political Theory, Science Fiction, and Utopian Literature

Ursula K. Le Guin and The Dispossessed


Author: Tony Burns

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739144871

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

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Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed is of interest to political theorists partly because of its association with anarchism and partly because it is thought to represent a turning point in the history of utopian/dystopian political thought and literature and of science fiction. Published in 1974, it marked a revival of utopianism after decades of dystopian writing. According to this widely accepted view The Dispossessed represents a new kind of literary utopia, which Tom Moylan calls a 'critical utopia.' The present work challenges this reading of The Dispossessed and its place in the histories of utopian/dystopian literature and science fiction. It explores the difference between traditional literary utopia and novels and suggests that The Dispossessed is not a literary utopia but a novel about utopianism in politics. Le Guin's concerns have more to do with those of the novelists of the 19th century writing in the tradition of European Realism than they do with the science fiction or utopian literature. It also claims that her theory of the novel has an affinity with the ancient Greek tragedy. This implies that there is a conservatism in Le Guin's work as a creative writer, or as a novelist, which fits uneasily with her personal commitment to anarchism.

Dancing at the Edge of the World

Thoughts on Words, Women, Places


Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802135292

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 306

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The celebrated author offers her thoughts on a broad range of subjects, including literary criticism, the state of science fiction writing today, and government and governmental policies

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations


Author: Oxford University Press,TME.

Publisher: Oxford [England] : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198601739

Category: Reference

Page: 1136

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More than twenty thousand quotations from every era and location are combined in a comprehensive reference that also encompasses details of the earliest traceable source, birth and death dates, and career briefs for each entry, as well as a thematic and k

Archaeologies of the Future

The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions


Author: Fredric Jameson

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844670338

Category: Philosophy

Page: 431

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In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson's most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age. The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of othernessalien life and alien worldsand a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson's essential essays, including "The Desire Called Utopia," conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson's project on the Poetics of Social Forms.

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations


Author: Elizabeth Knowles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199208956

Category: Reference

Page: 479

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More than five thousand quotations, that range in time from Scott's Antarctic expedition in 1912 to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, are gathered in a comprehensive, updated resource that evokes a fascinating picture of the social, political, cultural, and scientific highlights of modern times.

Hand's End

Technology and the Limits of Nature


Author: David Rothenberg

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520913202

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Hand's End offers a new philosophy of technology as the fundamental way in which humans experience and define nature—the tool as humanity extended. Rothenberg examines human inventions from the water wheel to the nuclear bomb and discusses theories of technology in the thought of philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Marx, Heidegger, Spinoza, Mumford, and McLuhan.