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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Mar 02, 11

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Read from February 17 to March 02, 2011

So far this is incredible...writing is clean and effective, characters are well-drawn. The toughest thing about reading this is that while it IS science fiction, it isn't even slightly far-fetched.

So much futuristic fiction (including plenty that I adore) presents a future where technology has solved the problems we face today. Limitless clean power, readily available creature comforts and easily accessible personal fulfillment - all these are just around the corner in many authors' forecasts.

Not in Bacigalupi's. Here, resources have been exhausted, and the power structures built upon easy access to these resources have collapsed, paving the way for fundamentalism and corporate domination. Technology, specifically genetic engineering, has unleashed horrific plagues upon the world. Life is again "brutish, nasty and short" for most people.

While it's nice to fantasize about optimistic future scenarios, I think Bacigalupi's is far more likely to be accurate. And that is disturbing!
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