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Beggars and Choosers (Beggars Trilogy (also known as Sleepless Trilogy)) (original 1994; edição 1994)

por Nancy Kress (Autor)

Séries: Sleepless (2)

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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 handsome and intellectually superior gene-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 The Sleepless, radically altered humans, have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an island retreat, from which they periodically release dazzling scientific advances.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. Will the world be saved? And for whom? Beggars and Choosers is a rich, morally complex novel of a future world eerily like our own tomorrow. It is a major work of hard science fiction.… (mais)
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Título:Beggars and Choosers (Beggars Trilogy (also known as Sleepless Trilogy))
Autores:Nancy Kress (Autor)
Informação:Tor Books (1994), Edition: 1st, 315 pages
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En una sociedad futura, el progreso de la genética permite la aparición de los Insomnes, estirpe que dispone de mayor poder gracias a su capacidad para permanecer activa durante más horas. El mundo se divide en ociosos Vividores, atendidos por los Auxiliares, e Insomnes, con sus superdotados descendientes, los Superinsomnes. Dos Vividores y un Auxiliar exponen su particular punto de vista sobre este modelo.
  Natt90 | Nov 23, 2022 |
Whelp, we have black characters this book, POV characters no lessm and they are Livers. Speaking in broken english. It wouldn't matter so much if the author wasn't trying to make such a broad, sweeping statement. In light of her heavy handed 'lesson' it just feels like a slight, inspired by antiblackness. Yikes.
Plus we have Lizzie Francy in the 'magical' black trope. Sigh. Yawn. Barf.
I agree with Drew, Miranda had no right.
I find Miri's solution a cop out. She has no right to change people without asking. That's a violation of other people's autonomy.
Also her solution isn't a solution. The problem is income inequality. Now folks won't starve, but they also aren't being made equal citizens to Donkeys, Sleepless or Super Sleepless.
Why not erase wealth? Rather than alter humans, erase the system and structure that makes society unequal. This felt like Miri didn't want to feel guilty about her obscene wealth while others starved. So now that no one can starve, she can enjoy her mobey hoarding in peace.
It's a fail for me.
This author really has nothing to say or teach. She just keeps beating a dead horse and her bigotry and ignorance of the way government, capitalism, wealth and people actually function just makes her observation irrelevant and ridiculous. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
This is the second book in the Sleepless Trilogy. It has been a long time since I read Beggars in Spain, the first book, so I struggled to remember the finer points of the society posited by Nancy Kress. However, she actually did a pretty good job of reminding readers of the salient details. I listened to this book which was narrated by a number of people which I thought nicely delineated the different characters.
The majority of the citizens in the US (called Livers) are supported by the genetically modified elite (called Donkeys). The Livers vote for Donkey individuals who then must provide food, shelter, clothing, health care and entertainment. Presumably they also gain wealth by being in these elected positions. Then there are the Sleepless, genetically modified people who do not need to sleep and use the extra time in the day the rest devote to sleeping to research and plot. The Sleepless, lead by Miranda Sharifi, have developed a new nanotechnology called the Cell Cleaner which would enter a human body and clean up anything that didn't belong there. The Sleepless are denied a license to further test this technology and Miranda disappears. She is followed by Diana Covington ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 3, 2018 |
LOVE it. Especially the ending. ( )
  zyphax | Dec 27, 2016 |
This book picks up about a decade after the end of BEGGARS IN SPAIN and mainly follows the path of the Super Sleepless on Earth, specifically Miranda Sharifi, the brilliant granddaughter of Leisha's nemesis from the first novel. American society has become more stratified than before, where the wealthy working class called "Donkeys" literally buy votes by providing bread and circuses for a large uneducated welfare population called "Livers". Of particular interest is the character of Drew Arlen, a young Liver who wants to raise himself above his birth and be on par with the Super Sleepless. Drew becomes involved with Miranda's plots within plots to remake society as she sees fit. ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
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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 handsome and intellectually superior gene-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. Will the world be saved? And for whom? Beggars and Choosers is a rich, morally complex novel of a future world eerily like our own tomorrow. It is a major work of hard science fiction.

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