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Leisha Camden was genetically modified at birth to require no sleep, and her normal twin Alice is the control. Problems and envy between the sisters mirror those in the larger world, as society struggles to adjust to a growing pool of people who not only have 30 percent more time to work and study than normal humans, but are also highly intelligent and in perfect health. The Sleepless gradually outgrow their welcome on Earth, and their children escape to an orbiting space station to set up their own society. But Leisha and a few others remain behind, preaching acceptance for all humans, Sleepless and Sleeper alike. With the conspiracy and revenge that unwinds, the world needs a little preaching on tolerance.
It doesn't take long to see how this short work by Nancy Kress draws so much praise. The writing is excellent, and the story lively. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Scott Andersen
Very quick read, but somehow still detailed. Definitely an interesting concept.Published 4 months ago by Kate
A genetic laboratory has developed a way to modify embryos and create humans who do not need to sleep. Read morePublished 5 months ago by H. R. Holt
Lovely escape. Nancy Kress is a very engaging writer. This novel sort of stretches out her short story (which left you wanting more...and thus, the novel does indeed deliver).Published 5 months ago by Ignatz
Beggars in Spain is 'what if' a science fiction novel that assumes a modification in the world economy coupled with a modification in some members of the human race. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Seth Crosby
What would you do with your time if you didn't have to spend a third of your day asleep? How would your life change if you were genetically predisposed to intelligence? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dione Basseri
The rich and powerful take advantage of the rest of us. Well how about that! This story gives an alternative view of the problem. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book, but was confused by the description. This is not the expanded, complete version of this story. It is only the original novella in a separate volume. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Walter