The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Ursula K. Le Guin

fiction fantasy science fiction short stories
challenging reflective medium-paced

32 pages | first published 1973


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.

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Moods

reflective 87%
dark 62%
challenging 55%
sad 33%
mysterious 19%
emotional 17%
inspiring 12%
hopeful 8%
informative 7%
tense 7%
adventurous 1%

Pace

medium 43%
fast 38%
slow 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 60% | N/A: 35% | A mix: 5%

Strong character development?

N/A: 45% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 22% | Yes: 5%

Loveable characters?

N/A: 46% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

N/A: 66% | No: 23% | It's complicated: 7% | Yes: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 55% | N/A: 32% | It's complicated: 12%

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