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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

(1973)
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Publisher: Ursula K. Le Guin
Pages: 0
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Bindings:Compilation
Found in:Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century [2001]
Classifications:SciFi
Synopsis:
The only chronological element of the work is that it begins by describing the first day of summer in Omelas, a shimmering city of unbelievable happiness and delight. In Omelas, the summer solstice is celebrated with a glorious festival and a race featuring children on horseback. The vibrant festival atmosphere, however, seems to be an everyday characteristic of the blissful community, whose citizens, though limited in their advanced technology to communal (rather than private) resources, are still intelligent, sophisticated, and cultured. Omelas has no kings, soldiers, priests, or slaves. The specific socio-politico-economic setup of the community is not mentioned, but the narrator merely explains that the reader cannot be sure of every particular.