Paolo Bacigalupi

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Paolo Bacigalupi
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Bacigalupi at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born (1972-08-06) August 6, 1972 (age 42)
Paonia, Colorado, USA
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1999–present
Genre Biopunk, science fiction, young-adult novels
Notable works
Website
windupstories.com

Paolo Tadini Bacigalupi (born August 6, 1972) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer.

He has won the Hugo, Nebula,[1] Compton Crook, Theodore Sturgeon, and Michael L. Printz awards, and was nominated for the National Book Award. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, and the environmental journal High Country News. His non-fiction essays have appeared in Salon.com and High Country News, and have been syndicated in newspapers including the Idaho Statesman, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Salt Lake Tribune. He was a webmaster for High Country News starting in 2003.

His short fiction has been collected in Pump Six and Other Stories (Night Shade Books, 2008). His debut novel The Windup Girl, published by Night Shade Books in September 2009, won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards in 2010.[2] The Windup Girl was also named by Time as one of the Top 10 Books of 2009.[3] Ship Breaker, published by Little, Brown in 2010, was awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for best young adult novel and was nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.[4]

Themes[edit]

The Windup Girl, along with many of his short stories, explores the effects of bioengineering and a world in which fossil fuels are no longer viable. Bioengineering has ravaged the world with food-borne plagues, produced tailored organisms as mimics to both cats and humans, and replaced today's fossil-fuel reliant engines with megodonts (an elephant-like beast), which convert food energy into work. Energy storage is accomplished through the use of high-capacity springs, as well as simply transporting food to feed either megodonts or human labourers. His writing deals with the ethics and possible ramifications of genetic engineering and western dominance, as well as the nature of humanity and a world in which, despite drastic changes, people remain essentially the same.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • The Windup Girl (Night Shade Books, 2009)
  • Ship Breaker (Little, Brown and Company, 2010)
  • The Drowned Cities (Little, Brown and Company, 2012)
  • Zombie Baseball Beatdown (2013)[12]
  • The Water Knife (Upcoming)[12]
  • The Doubt Factory (Upcoming)[12]

Collections[edit]

  • Pump Six and Other Stories (Night Shade Books, 2008)

Novellas[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Audiobook[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Nebula Awards accessed September 4, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Flood, Alison (September 6, 2010). "China Miéville and Paolo Bacigalupi tie for Hugo award". The Guardian (London). Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Top 10 Everything Of 2009". Time. December 8, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker Nominated for National Book Award". Locus Online News. Locus Publications. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Compton Crook Award Winners". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ Post, Dave (2010-07-10). "2010 Campbell Award Winners Announced". Worlds Without End Blog. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  7. ^ 2010 Nebula Award Winners
  8. ^ "SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees". Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". YALSA. American Library Association. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  10. ^ 2012 43rd Seiun Award Winners
  11. ^ 2013 44th Seiun Award Winners
  12. ^ a b c "War, Killer Children, and More: An Interview with Paolo Bacigalupi". Tor.com. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 

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