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  • Michael Krakovskiy 1:34 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Fantasy films, Lathe of Heaven, , , Ursula, Ursula K. Le Guin   

    The Lathe Of Heaven: A Novel 

    In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George’s dreams for his own purposes.

    The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity’s self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:05 pm on September 11, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dr. Strangelove, Ede Teller, Edward Teller, , , Frank Herbert's Dune, Lathe of Heaven, Strangelove, Tales of Pirx the Pilot, , , Thufir Hawat, , William Haber, Zugzwang   

    The Last Martian 

    Dr. Ede Teller is dead.

    Just a few days ago I was reading an article in the Bulletin which badmouthed Teller and praised Ulam as the true inventor of the Big One. I hope the author feels bad now.

    Tom Jennings, the inventor of Fidonet, drew this great portrait of Dr. Teller.

    “He is rendered here in materials befitting his life; water color on lead; ground electron tubes frame and pockmark his face, the whole embalmed in layers and layers of yellowing shellac. The materials used should last 10,000 years, hopefully longer than his effects. “

    Avoiding the cliché of mentioning Dr. Strangelove, Jennings compared him to Dr. William Haber of “Lathe of Heaven” and Thufir Hawat of “Dune“.

    I always liked both of these characters, and thought that I would have tried to do what they did in their position. Even if the odds are bad and your actions might make the situation even worse, something needs to be done.

    Now, may I point your attention to an article by “Democrats = mediocrity; Republicans = lottery ticket”. It seems to me that Democrats favor a tactic used by Pirx the Pilot in “Pilot Pirx Tested ” – inaction for the fear that all actions will only make the matters worse. They always assume that it’s a Zugzwang.

    Oooh, I want this poster.

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