The Lathe of Heaven

This brief novel from Ursula K. Le Guin concerns a man named George Orr who has a most unwelcome ability: his dreams have the power to alter reality. Terrified of what he might do in his sleep, he turns to drugs to stay awake, but is soon caught using a friend’s prescription card and turned over to a psychiatrist for treatment. When the psychiatrist realizes what George is capable of, he attempts to use him to remake the world—and George must try to escape. The book manages at once to be an instructive metaphor for human fallibility as well as a terrifically fun read.