Sci Fi TV Genre Gems: Forgotten magic and hidden treasures from the worlds of sci fi TV. What Is It? Based on the book of the same name by Ursula K. Le Guin, the story follows a man, George Orr, who discovers that his dreams can affect reality. As the therapy sessions progress, Haber discovers that George’s claims of effective dreaming are actually true and the doctor begins to manipulate his patient’s dreams with the intention of making a better world. Why It Stands Out: This television movie delivered a rare bit of intelligent science fiction at a time when the genre was at a low point on television, and for the most part it still stands up today. The Skinny: Sadly mostly forgotten now, this television movie brought Ursula K. Le Guin’s acclaimed 1971 science fiction novel The Lathe of Heaven to the small screen. Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons, and this television adaptation of The Lathe of Heaven ranks among the finer science fiction movies, either on television or in film. Should It Be Rebooted? A&E did another television adaptation of Lathe of Heaven in 2002 which starred starring James Caan as Dr. Haber, Lukas Haas as George Orr, and Lisa Bonet as Heather Lelache. Interesting Facts: This was actually the first of what was supposed to be a series of science fiction television movies by PBS adapting major works of literature from the genre.

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