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Dystopian Fiction: Short Story Style

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas - Ursula K. Le Guin

I don't typically read short stories, but when offered the chance to read dystopian fiction (my fav genre) by the renowned Ursula K. Le Guin with other dystopian fans? That's already a pretty sweet deal. And the fact that it's a short story means I don't have to fret over my previously scheduled reading list. Nope, it's cutting-in-line time for this little guy. So count me in!

I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas didn't disappoint, and sharing interpretations of the story with a group made it 10x more enjoyable. It makes you ponder serious questions about social guilt and the cost of "happiness." Oh didactic dystopia, how I love thee.

Read the story here (and perhaps a second reading with audio here) and let me know your thoughts!