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Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula Le Guin

Title: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas
Author: Ursula Le Guin
Copyright: 1992 (according to Amazon)
Format: Online short story
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 6-21-08

While doing my rounds of my favorite blogs today, I found this posting at Gail's blog about Ursula Le Guin's short story The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, and was intrigued so gave the story a read. It's a relatively short piece (it should take about 15 minutes to read, if that) that says so much more than what is written.

I'd like to say that I could rise above it all and make the better choice, but given a real opportunity like this, I don't know that I could. Read the story here and think about what your decision would be.


Irish said...

I'm a favored blog. I feel loved <3

Its a tough choice, either way. In the comfort of my home I think its easy to say that I'd walk off into the unknown and not think twice. But when faced with the reality? I'm not sure I could be that strong.

Anonymous said...

I taught this story in my Intro Lit class my first year at 1CC -- I may use it again for Sci-Fi this fall -- because it's what science fiction is all about: reality. Glad you read it.