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I think the best sci-fi is capable of waking up the world to the all-too-real problems that affect us all. And Paolo Bacigalupi, through the vivid, terrifying, dystopian world he brings to life, does just that. In 23rd century Thailand, companies control the world's food supply, producing genetically grown food and wreaking havoc on what's left of the world through bioterrorism tactics. With each character Bacigalupi introduced, I found myself more and more drawn to the personal stories of people who are desperately attempting to retain what once made them who they were--or, in Emiko the windup girl's case, to find it. There are many reasons this novel won a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award, and there are many reasons we should see it as not only an outstanding novel, but a warning to be more aware of the environmental travesties that await us if we don't pay attention and care.— Becky
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, the break-out science fiction debut.
Anderson Lake is AgriGen’s Calorie Man, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand while combing Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories.
Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in this chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.
What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits and forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly-acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.
About the Author
Paolo Bacigalupi is the award winning author of adult and young adult fiction. His work has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, and Locus award among others, and been nominated for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His short fiction has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and High Country News. Bacigalupi lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son.