The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas


Some inhabitants of a peaceful kingdom cannot tolerate the act of cruelty that underlies its happiness.
The story "Omelas" was first published in New Dimensions 3, a hard-cover science fiction anthology edited by Robert Silverberg, in October 1973, and the following year it won Le Guin the prestigious Hugo Award for best short story.
It was subsequently printed in her short story collection The Wind's Twelve Quarters in 1975.

Title:The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780886825010
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  • Nataliya

    Is the happiness of thousands worth the suffering of a single innocent person? Of one innocent child? Think about that. And hold your loud and resounding and outraged NO! for a minute.A background...

  • Cecily

    "we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist"...

  • Adina

    I wanted to read this short story in memory of the author who died last week. I did not enjoy The Left Hand of Darkness as much as I wanted so I decided to try one of her most famous stories instead. ...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    They all know it is there, all the people of Omelas. Some of them have come to see it, others are content merely to know it is there. They all know that it has to be there.This 1973 Hugo Award-winning...

  • Manny

    In this timeless moral fable, Ursula Le Guin tells the story of OMELAS ("Oh My Electronic Liberal Association of Socialists"), a group of internet activists who consider themselves the conscience of t...

  • Fergus

    It takes nerves of steel to walk away from Omelas. Not only that, but the Armies of Darkness will pursue you bitterly to the end. But once you finally cross over that border to safety, you’ll find a...

  • ?Misericordia? ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ?????? ????

    At different times in our lives, we are met with choices, important ones. Some idealistic or moralistic, others of practical nature. Still, the question du jour is: Will you walk away from Omelas w...

  • mark monday

    “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pendants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the...

  • Manuel Anto

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.“There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a...

  • Traveller

    To me, this short story offers one of those "open question" scenarios. Apparently it was written in response to Le Guin's reading of the following passage from The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life...