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EPUB Ò MOBI Beggars and Choosers ó 9780812550108 ¸ ❰Download❯ ➶ Beggars and Choosers Author Nancy Kress – Danpashley.co.uk 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 peopleIn 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 the handsome and intellectually superior gene modified who ar My golden standard when it comes to stories of genetic manipulation and its effects on society is Gattaca I've only seen it twice I think yet its impact on my consciousness and conscience remains clear in my mind Growing up concurrently with the Human Genome Project and watching the advancements in genetics that are happening in my lifetime I am wary of what will happen if governments corporations and people do not reach a social contract on how we will treat this new capability Corporations are patenting our genes; insurance companies jump at any chance to discriminate based on a pre existing condition; and it is only a matter of time before athletic organizations must deal with enhanced participants We're nearing that threshold; I can feel it and I really don't want to see the world become something like that depicted in GattacaBeggars and Choosers doesn't follow exactly the same route as the movie but it does meet my Gattaca standard The United States has not uite gone apocalyptic on us yet but it's getting there Society has fractured into a 2080 split of donkeys and Livers The donkeys do the administrative work governing running businesses building and inventing new technology etc The Livers engage in aristo activities including often deadly scooter races trading their votes to those donkeys who promise them the best services In a very Gattaca esue way donkey families purchase the best genemods they can for their children Livers do not engage in genemodding And in orbit above Earth the Sleepless still live in Sanctuary though it did not uite manage to secede Their SuperSleepless children have returned to Earth but seuestered themselves on a newly made island Huevos Verdes And the trouble has only begunThis book departs notably from Beggars in Spain Fortunately I think most of the changes are for the better Kress elects to tell the story from the first person perspective of several narrators Interestingly Miranda Sharifi the SuperSleepless protagonist from the first book is not one of them—nor is the original protagonist Leisha Camden whose role is much reduced Kress very visibly passes the reins on to the next generation and we get to see inside the heads of Diana a donkey; Drew Arlen the Lucid Dreamer and Miranda's lover; and Billy Washington an old Liver who vaguely remembers what life was like back before such distinctions became meaningful I liked though not eually all of these characters and their perspectives Each of them undergoes experiences that challenge his or her beliefs and leads to a distinctive arc of character development So not only is Beggars and Choosers a deep science fiction novel about the repercussions of genetic engineering but it is also a very good story This is something I couldn't say about Beggars in Spain and I am pleased to return Nancy Kress to the pedestal she deserves in my personal Authors Hall of FameThe Supers under Miranda's guidance are up to something Billy Washington lives in East Oleanta a small community in New York State The technology on which his community relies is degrading a result we learn later of a genetically engineered organism that digests duragem a phlebtonium substance present in most advanced technology With everything from kitchen bots to gravrail trains breaking down the Livers are having a hard time well living At first it seems like a plot by the Supers to force the Livers to take responsibility for their own wellbeing rather than relying only on the donkeys they vote into office Drew Arlen's inspirational Lucid Dreaming performance The Warrior which leaves Livers with a desire to take risks and help each other seems to confirm this suspicion Yet as the story progresses Kress reveals that the truth is far complex Someone else is responsible for the duragem plague and while the Supers are not happy about it they aren't entirely unhappy with it either for it does play into their plansThis ambiguity is a welcome change from the stark and opposing ideologies from Beggars in Spain Since we do not get exposed to any Super perspectives we are left in the dark as to what they are actually planning—kept guessing actually which I enjoyed to no end The closest we get are glimpses through Drew Arlen's eyes which mostly serve only to confirm to him and us how much of an outsider he remains despite his relationship with Miranda So unlike in the first book where the Supers' decision to undermine Jennifer and her supporters is clearly a good thing the morality of what the Supers are doing is not so obvious here Indeed watching Drew's faith in Miranda falter dim and eventually gutter out is poignant and moving Toward the climax when Drew has to choose whether to call on Miranda for help or betray her to the GSEA I really felt like I was reading a tragedy about these two main characters Kress hasn't just written a book about the effects of genetic engineering on the wider society Beggars and Choosers is an intensely personal storyThat doesn't change with Billy Washington He begins to wake up to the fact that not all is right with the donkeyLiver dynamic especially when he encounters the enigmatic Miranda and her laboratory hideaway stylized Eden Billy is driven almost wholly by concern for Angie and her daughter Lizzie who is uite intelligent for a Liver As tensions in the community run high Billy risks his life for them finally breaking out of the traditional Liver mould to take up the mantle of essentially a heroThere was a confusion in the crowd But a surprising number of Livers followed their new leader burning to do something To be heroes which is the true hidden driver of the human mindThat commentary comes from Drew after one of his performances of The Warrior I've always believed that the greatest people are those who inspire us to be better people ourselves which is why I'm such a fan of the Doctor from Doctor Who but that's neither here nor there Kress seizes on something true beyond that basic need for survival we yearn for connection for community We yearn to act to accomplish and yes to be heroes if not in the eyes of others than in our own personal tales And Drew is resurrecting and reinforcing this aspect of human nature releasing it from wherever society's emphasis on social and genetic engineering has banished it That's what stories and storytellers doThe third narrator who is actually the first one in the book is Diana Covington She is an atypical agent of the Genetic Standards Enforcement Agency guess what they do who gets involved with the situation in Billy's community She befriends Billy and Lizzie supporting the latter's drive to learn by exposing her to opportunities for education much to Angie's disapproval Gradually Diana herself shifts from a rather listless donkey who doesn't uite know what she wants in her life to a convicted person who has a much better appreciation of how Livers live and how fragile American society has become While she begins the story as an opponent of the Supers and their plot whatever that is eventually she has no choice but to find succour in MirandaThe climax of Beggars and Choosers is nothing short of a gamechanger We eventually learn what the Supers have been planning and it involves a transformation of the body that they consider beneficial and liberating Central to the climax is the uestion of whether the Supers have the right to decide for all humanity whether such a dramatic change is right They do not force it upon humanity in the sense that they release a pathogen but they distribute vials that cause the transformation—and as far as Kress tells it there are no side effects no fatalities for the change As much as the changes themselves might be a great boon however the deeper moral issue remains what right do the Supers have to dictate such a change Drew and Diana both struggle with this and in a sense the uestion becomes largely academic once the deed is done Nevertheless it's both thought provoking and dramatically effective for this is the final wedge in the relationship between Miranda and Drew Although already tragic the coda to Beggars and Choosers provides a pithy ringing note to end both their story and the novel as a wholeOh Miranda I'm sorryI never intendedBut I would try to stop you again And I don't expect you to understandWhat exactly does this mean It seems like Drew eventually decides that the Supers are so different they cannot be considered human; their thought processes and ethics are just alien I'm not sure if this is the case—and of course the underlying theme here is that the difference is subjective rather than genetic We cannot draw a line between human and non human posthuman or than human by dint of modified genes alone But once a technology is developed and released it cannot easily be retracted or redacted In the book one of the characters notes that nuclear weapons seem to be an exception citing the two strikes to Japan as the only time they were used in war Further consideration should belie this example certain countries continue to use nuclear devices to this day albeit not in open warfare; and the capability to construct those devices remainsReally though the comparison is rather inaccurate a nuclear weapon is a weapon of mass destruction and inherently dangerous The danger with genetic engineering is that it is all too easy to fail to perceive the danger What's wrong with preventing terminal diseases and congenital defects What's wrong with lengthening the life span and banishing cancer What's wrong with attempting to give one's children an advantage by tweaking intelligence ambition or compassion Beggars in Spain develops that theme showing how concern for one's children—for our future—can have unexpected conseuences Beggars and Choosers continues this but its philosophy is now accompanied by a great story and believable characters Instead of focusing on the uestion of children Kress explores the dynamics between genetics and class and asks who should be in charge of regulating scientific advances and deciding for humanity what constitutes appropriate genetic manipulationI try not to define too rigidly what I consider good SF because sometimes good anything just defies rigid definitions As far as such definitions go however Beggars and Choosers must meet them for it depicts not necessarily what our society will be or even what it could be but some of the moral and social dilemmas we will face as we push science and technology faster and furiously than ever beforeMy Reviews of the Sleepless trilogy← Beggars in Spain | Beggars Ride →

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E in turn running scared Beggars and PDF or 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 whic Storyline 25Characters 35Writing Style 45World 25This is everything the first Beggars in Spain was only less A little bit shorter Covering a narrower time span Mostly concerned with technological changes of a lesser significance A indirect look at political uestions Fewer confrontations and on a smaller scale It is hard not to be disappointed that this volume chose this direction rather than bigger broader greater There are a few areas in which this one is enjoyable There are uoteworthy phrases and insightful observations There is also a good use narrative style within different perspectives Kress was particularly successful with developing an argot for her future citizens to use Usually these imagined patterns of speech are a nuisance to read but one might just find themselves wanting to adopt the new lingo developed hereWhile only about 30 pages shorter the “less” in other areas was much significant It was the early on radical change that made book one so provocative It was the delineation of opposing arguments and the maneuvering of circumstances to create conflicts that pushed the last one forward It was the incessant harping on a not uite comprehensible political ideology that maintained the intrigue Beggars and Choosers just does not rise to the same level It is all there again but none of it done as convincingly or impressively This was especially true with the interpersonal conflicts and the political ideology Where the first excelled in showing how two different sides thought and why they could not compromise this one never clearly lays out the sides of the debate or why people are on them The political ideology was less incessant this time but even less well explained There’s a definite American political culture focus to this that the author again belatedly and weakly justifies But it not going to be evident to most Americans why these political uestions arise from the circumstances why they are the right uestions to discuss or divide on or even that they actually need answering Kress had good aims with the book but this one was even less successful than the last in realizing them

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Beggars and ChoosersH 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 nano technology Will the world be saved And for whom I think I liked this one better than the first mostly I enjoyed the narrative voices a bit Wasn’t too fond of Drew but I loved the other two Plus society fully falling apart was a fascinating trip I can’t wait to listen to the last one