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Nancy Kress

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Nancy Kress is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars in Spain which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clarion writing workshops and at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During the Winter of 2008/09, Nancy Kress is the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.

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THE IMPOSSIBLE manages to do what I would have indeed thought impossible: Make a tsunami boring.

Actually, that's not accurate. The tsunami, which occupies the first twenty minutes or so of the movie, is breath-taking. The film makers used models, CGI, and live action, and when the wall of water sweeps over the edge of an Indonesian resort and carries everything along with it, I felt I was there... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.80 · 37,944 ratings · 3,959 reviews · 257 distinct works · Similar authors
Beggars in Spain (Sleepless...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 4,066 ratings — published 1993 — 29 editions
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Beggars and Choosers (Sleep...
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,598 ratings — published 1994 — 13 editions
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Beginnings, Middles & Ends
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Beggars Ride (Sleepless, #3)
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 820 ratings — published 1996 — 13 editions
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Characters, Emotion & Viewp...
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After the Fall, Before the ...
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Steal Across the Sky
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 768 ratings — published 2009 — 10 editions
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Probability Moon (Probabili...
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Flash Point
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Probability Sun (Probabilit...
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 371 ratings — published 2001 — 8 editions
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Beggars in Spain Beggars and Choosers Beggars Ride
Sleepless Trilogy (3 books)
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One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak
One for Sorrow
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A fascinating novel that is hard to classify: part ghost story, part love story, part family drama, part coming-of-age story. The writing is lovely. The story wanders a little in the middle but gets back on track by the end. I hope the forthcoming mo...more
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Missing Microbes by Martin J. Blaser
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An interesting non-fiction exploration of the microbes within the human body. Part scientific report and part speculation, the book discusses not only the already familiar case against antibiotics as the cause of drug-resistant diseases, but also the...more
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Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes
Darkbeast (Darkbeast, #1)
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read in August, 2012
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A book I liked for young readers (age 10 and up): DARKBEAST, by Morgan Keyes, published by Simon & Schuster. As a former 4th-grade teacher, I sometimes read kid-lit. This one has an appealing protag, a richly drawn fantasy world, and an ending I...more
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Behind the Beautiful Forever by Katherine Boo
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This beautifully written, deeply disturbing non-fiction book is the result of journalist Katherine Boo's spending three years in one of the poorest slums in India. People here earn their livings mostly sorting and reselling trash. Boo draws character...more
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“…Boredom [is] a moral failing, the mark of a mind insufficiently stocked to occupy itself.”
Nancy Kress, Probability Moon

“You think intelligence and grit can succeed by themselves, but I'm telling you that's a pretty illusion.”
Nancy Kress, Steal Across the Sky

“Miri once told me that there were only four important ques­tions you could ask about any human being: How does he fill up his time? How does he feel about how he fills up his time? What does he love? How does he react to those he perceives as either inferior or superior to him?

If you make people feel inferior, even unintentionally," she had said, her dark eyes intense, "they will be uncomfortable around you. In that situation, some people will attack. Some will ridicule, to 'cut you down to size.' But some will admire, and learn from you. If you make people feel superior, some will react by dis­missing you. Some by wielding power — just because they can — in greater or lesser ways. But some will be moved to protect and help. All this is just as true of a junior lodge clique as of a group of governments.”
Nancy Kress, Beggars and Choosers


Its about a week until August starts, so it's time to choose the monthly Science Fiction book from the nominations list. After a random pick from those, the choices are listed.

If a run-off is needed, we'll do it around the 28th ....

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