Category Archives: Beggars in Spain

The Top of the Pyramid

The introduction to “Beggars in Spain” could not have been more accurate when it described Nancy Kress as an “heir to the tradition of H.G. Wells.” Indeed, her style echoes that of The Time Machine (not mentioned in the introduction, oddly enough) on multiple levels. Like Wells, Kress conveys her views on class and economic […] Continue reading

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Genetic Engineering and the Breakdown of the Family

Both Gattaca and Beggars in Spain take place in futuristic societies in which advanced genetic engineering allows for a person’s characteristics to be controlled simply by altering the person’s genes while they are still an embryo. However, the unfortunate result of this is that in both stories, children are generally seen not as a gift to be […] Continue reading

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