Beggars in Spain (Sleepless #1)
In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent ... and one of an ever-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, p...more
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 wond ...more
Imagine what you could accomplish if you never needed to sleep, and you suffered no medical issues due to its lack. The Sleepless ca ...more
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 Novel
Nominee: Prometheus Award best Novel ...more
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 fo ...more
I don’t remember if I read the Hugo and Nebula ...more
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 stil ...more
First 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 ...more
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 more hours to use, plus perfect mental and physical health, the Slee ...more
I 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) intrigue ...more
Algunas críticas al libro que he leído están en contra del sistema económico-político que plantea la autora, pero esto es ciencia-ficción o ficción 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 sí sola.
Pues nada. Tocará volver a leerlo en 2021.
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 more beds!) and they are ...more
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 ...more
I found the first half of this book t ...more
I would consider r ...more
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.
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, ...more
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 bo ...more
I started this book and wa ...more
Change. Acceptance. Equality. The author does a wonderful job of showing how these characteristics of our society and of individuals changes with outlook, knowledge and over generations.
Through genetic engineering in the womb, people are "sleepless", they are more intelligent and, with the extra hours in their day from ...more
A genetic enhancement that eliminates the need to sleep has the unexpected side effect of greater intelligence and immortality. The story is told from the point of view of the Leisha Camden, who, despite her best efforts, is unable to heal the rif...more
On the other hand, whatever "message" this is supposed to be driving at is muddled and shallow. The original novella knocks down a caricature of objectivism by having the main character arrive at what we would call "common sense." The background politics are roughly as deep as the human vs ...more
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