- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix Pick (15 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612420575
- ISBN-13: 978-1612420578
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beggars in Spain: The Original Hugo & Nebula Winning Novella Paperback – 15 Oct 2011
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THEY SAT STIFFLY ON HIS ANTIQUE EAMES CHAIRS, TWO PEOple who didn't want to be here, or one person who didn't want to and one who resented the other's reluctance. Read the first page
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All the while I was reading this book, I was rooting for a particular faction of the sleepless (because Ms. Kress portrays them as humans, with arguments and fallings out, not, on the whole, as ubermensch). The reason I did not give the book five stars is the curiously unaffecting - and, for me, given the strength of the rest of the book, disappointing - ending. But it remains a wholly satisfying read, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an intelligent treatment of the possibilities afforded by genetic engineering.
A wonderful story that discusses moral issues through convincing and admirable characters.
The story is that this elite group is feared as a superior species by sleep-needing humans, gets alienated and camps out in space in isolation, then makes its own plans. The sleepless are super-human - also more intelligent and immortal. This failed to convince, particularly since it was genetic engineering, which always has unforeseen consequences in the modified organisms themselves. Second, the reaction of sleepers appeared stereotypical to me, like their lack of political correctness in fear was supposed to elicit a knee-jerk reaction that referenced America's Jim Crow. Fair enough, but it was 2-dimensional. Third, the reaction of the sleepless was also over-blown, particularly with their own genetic experiments (think, "sequel"!). Fourth, I did like the girl narrator, the only fully realized character who couldn't be labelled with an adjective right away.
Recommended tepidly. THere is certainly worse scifi out there. But I won't be reading any of the sequels anytime soon.
Nancy Kress illustrates a fast approaching issue - the impact of genetic engineering - with well-drawn characters in realistic situations. The premise is science has learned how to engineer humans such that they no longer need to sleep. Obviously, the "sleepless" have a huge advantage over the "sleepers," and Kress explores the chasm that develops between the two classes of humans. Not to give away the story, but the "sleepless" have additional gifts that notch up the intensity significantly.
My only complaint is that the story seems to run out of gas toward the end. Kress has ably developed the issues, but doesn't bring the plot to a definitive climax. Nevertheless, 'Beggars in Spain' is an excellent story, one that will stay with you over the years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who really cares about the beggars? In Spain If you have it all how much would you give away or want to even consider parting with. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kaya
This is easily one of the best SF books I have read. The novella won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and you can see why. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2004 by David B. Wildgoose
This is a superb book - complex and thoughful. It shows a real insight into human nature and how people perceive themselves and others versus reality. I would recommend it.Published on 12 Nov. 2003