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Paolo Bacigalupi

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Paolo Bacigalupi
Bacigalupi at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Bacigalupi at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born (1972-08-06) August 6, 1972 (age 51)
Paonia, Colorado, U.S.
Alma materOberlin College
GenreScience fiction, biopunk, young adult fiction
Notable works
Notable awards
  • Hugo
  • Nebula
  • John W. Campbell Memorial
  • Michael L. Printz
  • Compton Crook
  • Theodore Sturgeon

Paolo Tadini Bacigalupi (born August 6, 1972) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He has won the Hugo, Nebula,[1] John W. Campbell Memorial, Compton Crook, Theodore Sturgeon, and Michael L. Printz awards, and has been 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. Nonfiction essays of his 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.

Early life


Bacigalupi was born in Paonia, Colorado. He graduated from Oberlin College with a major in East Asian Studies.



Bacigalupi's short fiction has been collected in the anthology Pump Six and Other Stories (Night Shade Books, 2008). His debut novel The Windup Girl, also 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 and Company in 2010, was awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for the "best book written for teens", and was nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.[4]



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 muscle power, whether human or engineered animal. Energy storage is accomplished through the use of high-capacity springs, as well as simply transporting food to feed either megodonts (bioengineered elephants) or human laborers. 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. Similar themes run through his book The Water Knife (2015), where a future American Southwest is reduced to a dystopian Dust Bowl where water is a guarded commodity for the wealthy and powerful interests.[5]

Awards and nominations






Young adult


Younger readers

  • Zombie Baseball Beatdown (2013)[14]




  • —— (2008). Pump Six and Other Stories. Night Shade Books.
    • "Pocketful of Dharma" (1999)
    • "The Fluted Girl" (2003)
    • "The People of Sand and Slag" (2004)
    • "The Pasho" (2004)
    • "The Calorie Man" (2005)
    • "The Tamarisk Hunter" (2006)
    • "Pop Squad" (2006)
    • "Yellow Card Man" (2006)
    • "Softer" (2007)
    • "Pump Six" (2008) (orig)

Short stories


α collected in Pump Six and Other Stories
β original to Pump Six and Other Stories

  • "Pocketful of Dharma" (1999) α
  • "The Fluted Girl" (2003) α
  • "The People of Sand and Slag" (2004) α
  • "The Pasho" (2004) α
  • "The Calorie Man" (2005) α
  • "The Tamarisk Hunter" (2006) α
  • "Pop Squad" (2006) α
  • "Yellow Card Man" (2006) α
  • "Softer" (2007) α
  • "Small Offerings" (2007)[15]
  • "Pump Six" (2008) β
  • "The Gambler" (2008)[15]
  • "Moriabe's Children" (2014)[15]
  • "Shooting the Apocalypse" (2014)[15]
  • "A Hot Day's Night" (2015)[15]
  • "City of Ash" (2015)[15]
  • "Mika Model" (2015)[15]
  • "A Passing Sickness" (2017)[15]
  • "Fixable" (2019)[15]
  • "American Gold Mine" (2019)[15]
  • "A Full Life" (2019)[16]
  • "Efficiency" (2021)[15]




  1. ^ 2010 Nebula Awards Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine 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. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker Nominated for National Book Award". Locus Online News. Locus Publications. October 13, 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "Imagining a thirsty future in Paolo Bacigalupi's 'The Water Knife' - The Washington Post". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Compton Crook Award Winners". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Post, Dave (July 10, 2010). "2010 Campbell Award Winners Announced". Worlds Without End Blog. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2010 Nebula Awards". locusmag.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011.
  9. ^ "SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees". Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. February 22, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  10. ^ "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". YALSA American Library Association. March 15, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Palmarès - Planète-SF". 2017. Les lauréats des différentes éditions du Prix des blogueurs Planète-SF.
  12. ^ "2012年 第43回星雲賞". sf-fan.gr.jp.
  13. ^ "2013年 第44回星雲賞". sf-fan.gr.jp.
  14. ^ a b "War, Killer Children, and More: An Interview with Paolo Bacigalupi". Tor.com. May 23, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Summary Bibliography: Paolo Bacigalupi". isfdb. isfdb. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  16. ^ "A Full Life". MIT Technology Review. MIT. Retrieved January 27, 2020.