Beggars in Spain

By Nancy Kress
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Read by Cassandra Campbell

The Beggars Trilogy: Book 1

16.18 Hours 02/23/2009 unabridged
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In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other “Sleepless” are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself. But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her “gift,” a world marked for destruction by a deadly conspiracy of freedom—and revenge.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1992 Hugo Award for Best Novella

Winner of the 1991 Nebula Award for Best Novella

A 1994 Locus Award Nominee

A 1994 John W. Campbell Award Nominee

A 1994 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Nominee

In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep.

Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other “Sleepless” are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her “gift,” a world marked for destruction by a deadly conspiracy of freedom—and revenge.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Superb…An exquisite saga of biological advantages.” Denver Post
“Thought-provoking…Raises some intriguing scientific and sociological issues.” Publishers Weekly
“[Kress] explores the nature of humanity’s fear of differences in this elegantly written novel set on tomorrow’s horizon. A priority purchase for sf collections.” Library Journal
“A thoughtful, carefully constructed exploration of various ethical questions.” Locus
“A depth of imagination unusual even among science fiction writers.” Analog
“Thrilling drama, compelling dialectic.” Kirkus Reviews

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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: 16.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English