Beggars and Choosers

Production By Nancy Kress
A Skyboat Road Company Production
Read by Stefan Rudnicki , Mirron Willis , Kirsten Potter , and Gabrielle de Cuir

The Beggars Trilogy: Book 2

12.15 Hours 02/17/2009 unabridged
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In Beggars and Choosers, Kress returns to the same future world created in her earlier work, an America strangely altered by genetic modifications. Millions of ordinary people are supported by the efforts of the handsome and intellectually superior genetically modified humans, who are in turn running scared in the face of the astonishing, nearly superhuman powers of the Sleepless, who have their own agenda for humanity. The Sleepless, radically altered humans, have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an island retreat, from which they periodically release dazzling scientific advances. Most of the world is on the verge of collapse, overburdened by a population of jobless drones and racked by the results of irresponsible genetic research and nanotechnology. The question arises as to whether or not the world can be saved but a bigger question remains: for whom? Beggars and Choosers is a major work of hard science fiction and a rich, morally complex novel of a future world eerily like our own tomorrow.

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Summary

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A 1995 Hugo Award Nominee

A 1995 Locus Award Nominee

A 1995 Nebula Award Nominee

In Beggars and Choosers, Kress returns to the same future world created in her earlier work, an America strangely altered by genetic modifications. Millions of ordinary people are supported by the efforts of the handsome and intellectually superior genetically modified humans, who are in turn running scared in the face of the astonishing, nearly superhuman powers of the Sleepless, who have their own agenda for humanity. The Sleepless, radically altered humans, have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an island retreat, from which they periodically release dazzling scientific advances.

Most of the world is on the verge of collapse, overburdened by a population of jobless drones and racked by the results of irresponsible genetic research and nanotechnology.

The question arises as to whether or not the world can be saved but a bigger question remains: for whom?

Beggars and Choosers is a major work of hard science fiction and a rich, morally complex novel of a future world eerily like our own tomorrow.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Takes an admirably complex look at controversial issues…[This] isn’t merely an excellent and thoughtful work of science fiction but is also an important commentary on some of the key issues we'll be facing in the next century.” Publishers Weekly
“A plot that hums like a high-tension cable. The miracle is that this excitement is generated by readers’ own moral confusion…Beggars and Choosers will terrify, delight, enrage, and engage.” School Library Journal
“Kress’ sequel to Beggars in Spain fearlessly addresses a host of ethical quandaries while simultaneously relating a vivid tale of people trapped by their biological destinies.” Library Journal
“Kress’ work remains strongly character driven, an approach that in her hands raises social-speculation SF to about as high a level as one can reasonably expect.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is the bestselling author of twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal across the Sky. She has also published four short-story collections and three books on the fundamentals of writing. Kress frequently explores biology and genetic engineering in her fiction, as in her acclaimed Beggars series and her bio-thriller, Dogs. She is a six-time Nebula Award winner and the recipient of the Sturgeon and Campbell Awards as well as two Hugos. Her fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages. She teaches at venues including the Clarion Writers’ Program and, as a guest professor, at the University of Leipzig.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 12.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English