Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
(Beggars Trilogy)

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Please Note: This is the original Hugo and Nebula Winning Novella

Leisha Camden is a genetically engineered ‘Sleepless.’

Her ability to stay awake all the time has not only made her more productive, but the genetic modifications have also given the ‘Sleepless’ a higher IQ and may even make them immortal.

Are they the future of humanity? Or will the small community of ‘sleepless’ be hunted down as freaks by a world that has grown wary of its newest creation?
 

About Nancy Kress

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Nancy Kress is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy titles, including Beggars in Spain, Nothing Human, Probability Space, Stinger, and her bestselling Write Great Fiction series. She is a recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards, and her work has been translated into 16 languages. She lives in Rochester, New York.
 
Published May 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 420 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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As illegal and highly dangerous gene-modification labs spring up like weeds, a power struggle slowly develops among the government's ruthless Genetic Standards Enforcement Agency, the SuperSleepless (whose goals remain unknown), and fanatic fundamentalist revolutionaries, whose method is to captu...

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Eventually, the Sleepless move Sanctuary into an orbiting habitat, where, having bred a third generation of Sleepless with even more astonishing abilities, Sharifi orders the preparation of biological weapons for a showdown with Sleeper Earth.

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As much as Sleepers may envy the Sleepless, however, they crave the advancements provided by Sleepless scientists.

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Meanwhile, in the States, sharply divided into the ``Livers'' (who subsist on the dole but consider themselves aristocrats) and the ``donkeys'' (genetically enhanced, highly educated public servants who sneer at the Livers even as they support them), society's infrastructure is breaking down beca...

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Leisha, a brilliant, idealistic lawyer, finds herself ostracized by both Sleepers and Sleepless as she struggles to bridge the widening gulf between the two groups.

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This is first represented by Leisha and her sister Alice, then by the Sleepless and the Sleepers whose division is driven by economic realities, then spreads between Sleepers, Sleepless and Super-Sleepless alike.

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