Nancy Kress (born January 20, 1948) is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella "Beggars in Spain" which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clarion writing workshops and at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During the Winter of 2008/09, Nancy Kress was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.
Best Short story winner (1986): "Out of All Them Bright Stars"
Best Novella winner (1991): "Beggars in Spain" (this is the 1991 Novella, not the 1993 novel of the same title)
Best Novelette winner (1998): "Flowers of Aulit Prison"
Best Novella winner (2007): "Fountain of Age"
Best Novella winner (1992): "Beggars in Spain" (this is the 1991 Novella, not the 1993 novel of the same title)
Best Novella winner (2009): "The Erdmann Nexus"
Best Novella nominee (2010): "Act One"
John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Best Novel second place (1994): Beggars in Spain (there was no first place award in 1994)
Best Novel winner (2003): Probability Space
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
Best Short Science Fiction winner (1997): "Flowers of Aulit Prison"
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A special strain of malaria is discovered in Maryland that selectively kills African Americans with the sickle-cell trait. Is there a man-made cause? A government cover-up? FBI Special Agent Robert Cavanaugh and epidemiologist Melanie Anderson must work together to try and uncover the truth and a cure.
Oaths and Miracles
How are several murders related, and how do they involve the secretive New Jersey drug company Verico? Judy Kozinski and Robert Cavanaugh must work together to solve an intricate maze of deceit, murder and mysteries before more lives are put at risk.
New Under the Sun
Set in the near future, Nancy Kress’ story gives us a world increasingly hostile to new ideas as religious fundamentalism dictates social agenda and where the primary use of science is to bolster these very same uncompromising attitudes. This is the fifth book in the Stellar Guild line.
Beggars in Spain: The Original Novella
Leisha Camden is a genetically engineered “Sleepless” whose ability to stay awake all the time has made her more productive. Genetic modifications have also given the “Sleepless” a higher IQ and may even make them immortal. But will they be hunted down as freaks by a world that has grown wary of its newest creation?
Two stories about artificial intelligence from one of the most respected names in hard science fiction. Multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Nancy Kress gives us a fascinating look into the evolution of artificial intelligence and the impact it has on human society.
The Body Human
A collection of three outstanding stories
by Nancy Kress that deal with innovation in medical science and how that impacts our lives.
This collection by Nancy Kress brings together six stories set in the near future and dealing with genetics. The stories were written between 1984 and 2008. The first story, "The Flowers of Aulit Prison," won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.
“One of the best of the year...a compelling novella about a once-famous actress and her devoted manager who get much more publicity of an unfortunate sort when they inadvertently become embroiled with an act of biological terrorism with potentially world-changing results.” — Gardner Dozois, Locus
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