Beggars and Choosers
"Nancy Kress is one of the most distinguished writers of literate hard sf. She is a recent winner of the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for "Beggers in Spain," a novella. The novel, Beggers in Spain, to which Beggars and Choosers is an independent sequel, is a nominee for the Nebula for best novel. Booklist called her last novel "outstanding;" the Denver Post called it "surperb...an exquisite saga of biological advantages." Gene Wolfe called it "hard-edged, realistic, near-future sf with all the attention to character the field is perpetually criticized for lacking." In Beggers and Choosers, Kress returned to the same future worls created in her earlier work, an American strangely altered by genetic modifications. Millions of ordinary people are supported by the efforts of the handsome and intellectually superior gene-modified, 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 The Sleepless, radically altered humans, have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an island retreat, from which they periodically release dazzling scientific advances.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 sf."
Year of Publication: Tor, October 1994
This Edition: Tor, October 1994
Cover Art: David Richeid
"Nancy Kress - after a decade of success with the Beggars trilogy and the stand-alone novel Maximum Light, all set in relatively near-future worlds - makes a leap into the distant future in space with Probability Moon. Humanity has expanded into other solar systems using the remnants of the ancient technology of star gates - instant travel devices left in place by a vanished superrace. But now the human race is in an interstellar war against mysterious aliens, and may be losing. Amid this volatile situation, a new planet is discovered that is inabiited by a humanoid race who always unanimously agree on the truth. A team of scientists is sent to cotnact and study them, not knowing that their mission is a cover for the military analysis of the planet's moon, which is actually an incredibly ancient artifact - a ship defended by astonishing advanced technology. As they explore the planet, the scientists must deal with the humanoids, who are trying to determine whether these intruders from Earth should be killed or not. It isn't long before the mysterious aliens arrive on the planet, bringing the war with them, and the whole powderkeg explodes. Probability Moon is an SF adventure filled with excitement and underpinned by the depth of characterization that is the trademark strength of Nancy Kress."
Year of Publication: Tor, July 2000
This Edition: Tor, July 2000
Cover Art: Bob Eggleton
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