FP Staff Picks: Books That Had Us Shooketh
When the FP staff read Asja Bakić’s MARS, we were all freaked out in the best way possible. These stories showcase a series of unique and twisted universes, where every character is tasked with making sense of their strange reality. In celebration of these "sly, uncommon" stories, the FP team has created a list of the books that, like MARS, left us shaking. Proceed with caution!
The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin
by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga)
What’s the book: Le Guin is a master of craft, and cited by many contemporary sci-fi/speculative fiction writers as a major influence. This is a collection of her best short stories, all of which include the best of what makes her work so beloved: explorations of morality, of justice and injustice, of hierarchy and oppression—salient themes that make feminist sci-fi such an enduring genre.
Why you shook: All of these stories are worth a read, but it's Le Guin's story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," that first introduced me to critical thinking back in high school and has stuck close to my side ever since. The two questions at the heart of this short story are simply stated, but the answers are complex: Would you choose to live in paradise if you knew it was predicated on the suffering of another? And, what happens if you refuse?