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The best new sci-fi books this month from Stephen King to an Ursula K. Le Guin reissue

The best new sci-fi books this month from Stephen King to an Ursula K. Le Guin reissue

A new short story collection from Stephen King, You Like It Darker, is out in May Shane Leonard Every month, I trawl through publishers’ catalogues so I can tell you about the new science fiction being released. And every month, I’m disappointed to see so much more fantasy on publishers’ lists than sci-fi. I know it’s a response to the huge boom in readers of what’s been dubbed “romantasy”, and I’m not knocking it – I love that sort of book too. But it would be great to see more good, hard, mind-expanding sci-fi in the offing as well. In the meantime, there is definitely enough for us sci-fi fans to sink our teeth into this month, whether it’s a reissue of classic writing from Ursula K. Le Guin, some new speculative short stories from Stephen King or murder in space from Victor Manibo and S. A. Barnes. Last month, I tipped Douglas Preston’s Extinction and Sofia Samatar’s The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain as books I was looking forward to. I can report …

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

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

Title: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Genre: Short Story, Fantasy Fiction First Publication: 1973 Language: English Summary: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin 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’ (1973), a hard-cover science fiction anthology edited by Robert Silverberg, in October 1973, and the following year it won the prestigious Hugo Award for best short story. The work was subsequently printed in Le Guin’s short story collection ‘The Wind’s Twelve Quarters‘ (1975). Review: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is a thought-provoking short story written by acclaimed science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin. First published in 1973, it imagines a utopian city called Omelas whose prosperity depends on the suffering of one child. Through this allegorical tale, Le Guin explores timeless philosophical questions about morality, guilt, and the pursuit of happiness. The story begins by describing the …