“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin

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“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin


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The language of the story (which was nominated for everything and won the Hugo in 1974) is incredibly poetic, the kind of story that you can imagine being read aloud to rapt listeners. The moral question the story raises is one that threads through a number of classic tales—and right back to myths about maidens sacrificed to sea monsters to save their cities. Le Guin is one of the grand dames of science fiction/fantasy and her brilliant novel The Left Hand of Darkness (which snagged the Hugo and Nebula Awards in 1970) is a must-read.   I loved the first book of the Earthsea Cycle (The Wizard of Earthsea) and was bitterly disappointed by the television adaptation.  “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” appears in Le Guin’s collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters.

See you tomorrow!