Beggars and Choosers

Beggars and Choosers

by Nancy Kress

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ISBN-13: 9780812550108
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 02/15/1996
Series: Beggars Trilogy (also known as Sleepless Trilogy)
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Nancy Kress was born and raised in upstate New York, where she spent most of her childhood either reading or playing in the woods. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education, as well as an M.A. in English. While she was pregnant with the second of her two sons, she started writing fiction. She had never planned on becoming a writer, but staying at home full-time with infants left her time to experiment.

In 1990 she went full-time as an SF writer. The first thing she wrote in this new status was the novella version of Beggars In Spain, which won both the Hugo and the Nebula Award. She is the author of more than twenty books, including more than a dozen novels of science fiction and fantasy, as well as three story collections, and two books on writing. Of her most recent novels, Probability Space (Tor, 2002) won the John W. Campbell Award for Best SF novel. Her short fiction has appeared in all the usual places, garnering her one Hugo and three Nebula Awards. Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Croatian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Greek, Hebrew, and Russian. She is also the monthly "Fiction" columnist for Writer's Digest Magazine and she teaches writing regularly at various places, including Clarion and The Writing Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She currently resides in Rochester, New York.

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Beggars and Choosers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
laileana on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The second book, Beggars and Choosers focuses on a group of livers in an enclave and an undercover "donkey" who lives amongst them. The sleepless and the supers are also in this novel. The Supers are lead by Miranda-who inexplicably wants to liberate the "livers" from their dependence on the "donkeys" for food, clothing and housing. Most livers do nothing all day, they can not read or write, cook, hunt, garden, have no skills and are totally dependent upon the government for everything. The system is based on high revenue from "Y energy" which is patented by a US inventor and sold exclusively in the US for 80 years. Y energy is a super cheap form of energy used by the world. Due to patent limitations it can only be manufactured and processed in the US for the first years, once the patent runs out, other countries are able to manufacture and produce it for themselves and there is no longer any money to support the millions of livers. The system in breaking down. People are starving and have no skills to acquire food or clothing. In a gesture of good will, Miranda and the super sleepless introduce "change" syringes. "Changed" people no longer need food-they can live on air, mud, clothing, wood, any natural fiber is simply absorbed through the pores of the skin, including clothes and shoes. The body has a super metabolism that destroys disease and facilitates massive healing quickly. No more cancer or heart attacks. No more drug addicts or alcoholics-the body absorbs and changes harmful substances too quickly for users to enjoy them.
tinLizzy on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Good continuance of storyline from Beggars in Spain, although the perspective shift a bit abrupt for my taste.
trismi on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Genetics has always been one of my favorite subjects to 'what if' about, and this is an amazing story about it. The end is a real kick, and the p.o.v.s the story is told from are incredible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good