The day before the Revolution (Ursula K. Le Guin)

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was an American author. She is best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish Universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. First published in 1959, she had a literary career spanning nearly sixty years, during which she released more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to many volumes of poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children’s books. Frequently described as an “author of science fiction”, Le Guin has said she would prefer to be known as an “American novelist”, and has also been called a “major voice in American Letters“.

The Day Before the Revolution” is a science fiction short story by American writer Ursula K. Le Guin, first published in 1974.

It is considered a short story prologue to The Dispossessed and represents an idealized anarchy by following the character of “Odo”, the semi-legendary woman who led the revolution that founded the anarchist society in The Dispossessed.

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