Beggars in Spain (2020)

Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress Beggars in Spain In this future some people need no sleep at all Leisha Camden was genetically modified at birth to require no sleep and her normal twin Alice is the control Problems and envy between the sisters mir
  • Title: Beggars in Spain
  • Author: Nancy Kress
  • ISBN: 9780060733483
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress In this future, some people need no sleep at all Leisha Camden was genetically modified at birth to require no sleep, and her normal twin Alice is the control Problems and envy between the sisters mirror those in the larger world, as society struggles to adjust to a growing pool of people who not only have 30 percent time to work and study than normal humans, but arIn this future, some people need no sleep at all Leisha Camden was genetically modified at birth to require no sleep, and her normal twin Alice is the control Problems and envy between the sisters mirror those in the larger world, as society struggles to adjust to a growing pool of people who not only have 30 percent time to work and study than normal humans, but are also highly intelligent and in perfect health The Sleepless gradually outgrow their welcome on Earth, and their children escape to an orbiting space station to set up their own society But Leisha and a few others remain behind, preaching acceptance for all humans, Sleepless and Sleeper alike With the conspiracy and revenge that unwinds, the world needs a little preaching on tolerance.
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  1. Ben Babcock

    I love to sleep I prefer at least eight, preferably nine hours of sleep each night Going to bed at midnight and waking up at nine in the morning is a perk of my madcap, Bohemian university student lifestyle that I will have to abandon once I become a stern, starched collar high school teacher For now, however, I like my sleep, and I will defend to the death my right to snore it But if I did not need to sleep had, in fact, grown up without ever knowing sleep would I miss it How would I be differe [...]

  2. Apatt

    Last book of 2012 for me, a good end to the year Beggars in Spain is the sort of sf novel that posits a basic idea and extrapolate from that the foundation to look at the ramifications and implications of this idea from all possible angles The high concept idea is very simple, in the near genetic engineering create a new race of people who do not sleep While the basic idea is simple the numerous implications and ramifications of this development are far reaching and very complex The main point i [...]

  3. Felicia

    I was reminded of this novel because I read an article on a woman who can t forget anything This book is about people who don t have to sleep Fascinating.

  4. Becky

    This book came highly recommended, and of course it has also won a ton of awards, but I wasn t impressed at all There s very little characterization The characters seem to exist just to move the plot along, ie And then THIS happened and I m going to tell you about it now I was also reminded of Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged, in which the flat characters exist only as mouthpieces for Rand s philosophy.As for the plot, it s interesting, but it clanks along kind of relentlessly I couldn t help wondering [...]

  5. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I read the novella version of this last year, and the first novel of the Sleepless trilogy includes and expands on it this was one of the books from my speed dating project in April Those with a lot of money at their disposal have been able to genetically modify their children in utero, for looks, abilities, and one in particular taking away the need for sleep.Imagine what you could accomplish if you never needed to sleep, and you suffered no medical issues due to its lack The Sleepless can comp [...]

  6. Stephen

    4.5 stars Excellent novel about the economic, social and political changes arising out of a group of people born without the need to sleep and as a result blessed with other abilities that set them apart from the populous sleepers Nominee Hugo Award best Novel the novella upon which this is best actually won the Hugo Nominee Nebula Award best Novel the novella upon which this is best actually won the Nebula Nominee Campbell Award for best NovelNominee Prometheus Award best NovelNominee Locus Aw [...]

  7. Cindy

    In a near future world, where genetic engineering of embryos is as possible as choosing the color and features of your new Prius, scientists create people who lack the need or ability to sleep for the right price The knock on effect is that these Sleepless are smarter, emotionally stable, and rational than us Sleepers.Around the same time, a brilliant scientist creates a new power source, eliminating the need for fossil fuels or distributed power grids a cold fusion fuel cell for every home an [...]

  8. J L's Bibliomania

    Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress uses speculative fiction to explore two fundamental questions What happens if you genetically engineer a group of people so that they are radically different from the rest of the humans in this case by eliminating the need to sleep in a group of children potentially accompanied by other intelligence enhancing modifications What do the strong wealthy intelligent owe to those they deem lesser non productive I don t remember if I read the Hugo and Nebula winning nov [...]

  9. Lisa Vegan

    I love how the author reveals in the preface that her motivation for writing this story and its characters was her envy of those who need less sleep than she does Envy is a familiar feeling to me so I could identify with her and, in some respects, with some of the characters in this book.This book has a fascinating premise, compellingly interesting characters, a riveting epic storyline, and for the most part creative future world building But, while they re given adequate motivations, I still fe [...]

  10. Sarah

    A good piece of high concept science fiction, the kind that takes a Big Idea and explores its ramifications thoroughly I ve read some of Kress s short fiction, and one of her how to books for writers, so it s interesting to watch her follow her own advice in a longer work I feel like some characters and events got short shrift, but the scenes that did happen on screen filled in the blanks adequately I think the beggars in Spain of the title were handled well in the first part of the book, the or [...]

  11. Carolyn F.

    AudiobookFirst off Cassandra Campbell did a great job with the narration of this very, very long book with a whole host of characters Secondly, did I mention this was a very, very long book At first I thought it was an omnibus because the chapters would end and then start with Book 2 , etc But nope, this author turned a novella into a tome I never really became invested with any of the characters, even Drew who I would usually be drawn to Thank goodness this was an audiobook 3 1 2 out of 5 stars [...]

  12. Sandi

    Beggars in Spain is exactly the kind of science fiction I love It s about people and society and the impact of scientific breakthroughs It explores the big questions of humanity, justice and prejudice It did run a bit longer than it should have, but the ending was satisfying The best thing about this novel is that it s a stand alone That s becoming so rare in SFF that it s very refreshing.

  13. Laura

    Generally speaking, we want people s advantages to be compensated with disadvantages But what if genetic engineering provided an advantage with no down side Nancy Kress explores a society in which some people need no sleep and suffer no side effects and the normal people they live among A fascinating social study.

  14. Mary JL

    This ws fanstastic I picked it up, knowing nothing about it or the author and am I glad I did This is an old theme in SF a minority group persecuted by the main society Nancy Kress does a fabulous job with her version.The basic premise is Genetic modification is now available so children may be modified in the womb for intelligence, strength, height and so on And the latest children who have no need of sleep.Having eight hours to use, plus perfect mental and physical health, the Sleepless are a [...]

  15. haley

    DNF at page 130I have been DNFing a lot lately twice in the past week and a half , and I don t like it I don t like feeling like I m giving up But if a book just utterly fails at capturing my interest, well, then I m sorry but I m going to quit I see no reason for me to force myself to continue reading this book, not when I just don t like it at all It s not like this is a read to review it s not like I have an obligation to finish it I picked up Beggars in Spain because I was a intrigued by the [...]

  16. John Doez

    Tercera vez que me leo este fant stico libro Parece que cada siete a os le doy un repaso Y me sigue gustando.Algunas cr ticas al libro que he le do est n en contra del sistema econ mico pol tico que plantea la autora, pero esto es ciencia ficci n o ficci n especulativa De eso va, de suponer que pasa si Los dilemas que se plantean por las desigualdades son interesantes Y la densa forma de pensar de los supers ya merece una estrella por s sola.Pues nada Tocar volver a leerlo en 2021.

  17. Dan

    I have mixed feelings about this one 3.5 but I m rounding up It s in the tradition of scifi that functions as much as an argument or examination of a political philosophy as it does a story The idea is that some people are genetically modified to not need sleep and this gives them advantages over others.In the preface she says, I wanted to explore the long range economic effects of creating a favored class of people in a United States becoming increasingly polarized between rich and poor I also [...]

  18. Maree

    This story really felt like three in one with the three parts I feel like I ve already read the trilogywhat else could possibly happen We ve skipped through three generations, which is than most trilogies tackle But I suppose since view spoiler the Sleepless can never die of old age hide spoiler then it s not as big a deal to skip around the years.The novel brings up a lot of issues such as jealousy and hate over something you don t quite understand in the beginning It was really interesting to [...]

  19. Andreas

    This novel extrapolates the 1991 Hugo and Award winning novella with the same name in fact, the novella is the first of four parts, set in the USA of 2010 The novel continues with the second part titled Sanctuary in 2051, the third part Dreamer in 2075 and the fourth part Beggar in 2091.The premise is easy Pre natal genetics modify humans to look beautiful, be smart and most important eliminate the need for sleep These Sleepless minority needs less place no beds and they are a third productive [...]

  20. Simon

    As a novel of ideas, this is quite good Genetic engineering allows the creation of children who do not sleep or, it turns out, age, once they have attained adulthood Somewhat implausibly, almost all the Sleepless are super cool, rational, serious geniuses Implausibly, because there are already many people who need much less sleep than the rest of us slobs, just three or four hours a night, and they are not half way between us eight hourers and the Sleepless of this book Still Their advantages op [...]

  21. Mark Pantoja

    A classic Yes, the characters are but pawns and plot points, most lacking real depth, but it s a multi generational drama It s like Silverberg Assimov s Bicentennial Man, but for biotech genetics The only wrangle I had was My, how stupid smart people can be.It s pretty laughable that any group of hyper intelligent, and then Superbright hyper intelligent people would be swayed by such a philosophically bankrupt ethos that just allows the rich and powerful to feel justified and revel in their subj [...]

  22. Althea Ann

    The premise of this sci fi novel is that, in 2008, a scientific breakthrough allows for genetic engineering that creates people with no need to sleep Together with other genetic advantages available to the rich, soon this creates a small but growing group of privileged and brilliant young people the Sleepless However, jealous and resentful, ordinary people rather than appreciating the super talented Sleepless, are soon viciously prejudiced against them.I found the first half of this book to be i [...]

  23. Flower

    While parts of this book delved into Ayn Rand type philosophical discussions, overall I enjoyed it I wish the resolution at the end however was left open to reader speculation interpretation Questions posed at the beginning of the book are explored through different character s points of view and filtered through their life experiences I would have rather then come to my own answers at the end, instead of having a nice, well, here s the right interpretation spelled out.I would consider reading [...]

  24. Jeannette Mazur

    I m kinda on the fence with Nancy Kress While her writing is great, and the concepts are super interesting, the endings are lacking I feel like, with this book, she ran out of steam and just kinda ended it Very disappointing because the concept was spectacular.

  25. Badseedgirl

    I just finished this book, but there are so many high concepts taken on by this book I don t think I could give it a fitting review Nancy Kress tackles what it means to be a human, genetic manipulation and at what point does the manipulation creates another species Parts of this novel are a libertarian s wet dream, but there are some horrific results because of these beliefs A very deep, and thought provoking book, but that was none the less entertaining.

  26. Thoraiya

    Shrewd Intelligent Compelling I can t believe none of you forced this book on me already What is the obligation of the strong to the weak The wealthy to the beggars in Spain I was utterly engaged by this in depth examination of an alternative to Ayn Rand s social contract and LeGuin s Annaresti anarchy an ecosystem of human trade.The characters dragged me through decades with ease I especially loved the relationship between Sleepless protagonist Leisha and her unmodified twin sister, Alice.Kress [...]

  27. Shannon Appelcline

    Beggars in Spain is science fiction at its best it takes a single, simple, scientific idea what happens if people are bred for sleeplessness and then reveals what happens decade after decade from that one small change.It s also science fiction at its best in that it focuses heavily on ideas, including those of freedom, work, free riders, and community What everyone owes and what everyone deserves At times, that s a little heavy handed, but usually it s just thoughtful introspection that Kress su [...]

  28. Dan

    Why are there no female science fiction grand masters The wife and I were discussing the question on a recent trip to the Science Fiction History Museum in Seattle, and we saw Nancy Kress s name on an exhibit I decided to try some of her work I started with her very recent After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall , and thought it was promising but not fulfilling And now I ve read Beggars in Spain, her first novel, which won both the Hugo and Nebula, propelling her to stardom.The book sta [...]

  29. Beth Cato

    Leisha Camden is one of the Sleepless She s genetically modified with no need for sleep, and along with that comes abnormally high intelligence She and her fellow Sleepless are set to rule the world, but the world rebels against them Hatred, fear, and envy of the Sleepless drives them into their own private enclave Leisha is one of the few who refuses to join them or turn against the beggars of the world, even as the very fate of the planet hangs in the balanceI started this book and was immedia [...]

  30. Megan

    Beggars in Spain is a novel about a group of people who genetically engineered to not need sleep and how society discriminates against them At least that is what this book is supposed to be about In reality, it is about a bunch of privileged, whiny, objectivists Now, I don t need to agree with a book s politics in order to enjoy it I read Anthem in high school and I remember kind of enjoying it This book is so boring, and frustrating And it does a horrible job of promoting Objectivism I had to a [...]

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