Beggars in Spain (Sleepless, Book 1) by Nancy Kress

By Nancy Kress

During this destiny, a few humans desire no sleep in any respect. Leisha Camden was once genetically converted at delivery to require no sleep, and her basic dual Alice is the regulate. difficulties and envy among the sisters replicate these within the higher international, as society struggles to regulate to a starting to be pool of people that not just have 30 percentage extra time to paintings and learn than common people, yet also are very smart and in ideal healthiness.

The Sleepless progressively outgrow their welcome in the world, and their kids get away to an orbiting area station to establish their very own society. yet Leisha and some others stay at the back of, preaching recognition for all people, Sleepless and Sleeper alike. With the conspiracy and revenge that unwinds, the realm wishes a bit preaching on tolerance.

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Some crumbled to dust as we touched them. But others were of heavier cloth, and they felt soft and new in our fingers. We found a room with walls made of shelves, which held rows of manuscripts, from the floor to the ceiling. Never had we seen such a number of them, nor of such strange shape. They were not soft and rolled, they had hard shells of cloth and leather; and the letters on their pages were so small and so even that we wondered at the men who had such handwriting. We glanced through the pages, and we saw that they were written in our language, but we found many words which we could not understand.

What agony must have been theirs before that which they saw coming and could not stop! Perhaps they cried out in protest and in warning. But men paid no heed to their warning. And they, these few, fought a hopeless battle, and they perished with their banners smeared by their own blood. And they chose to perish, for they knew. To them, I send my salute across the centuries, and my pity. Theirs is the banner in my hand. And I wish I had the power to tell them that the despair of their hearts was not to be final, and their night was not without hope.

And now we look upon the earth and sky. This spread of naked rock and peaks and moonlight is like a world ready to be born, a world that waits. It seems to us it asks a sign from us, a spark, a first commandment. We cannot know what word we are to give, nor what great deed this earth expects to witness. We know it waits. It seems to say it has great gifts to lay before us, but it wishes a greater gift for us. We are to speak. We are to give its goal, its highest meaning to all this glowing space of rock and sky.

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