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Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Nov 08, 11

bookshelves: short-story, science-fiction
Recommended for: anyone who likes provocative dystopian fiction
Read from November 06 to 08, 2011

A fabulous collection of PB, and one can see the influence for his Windup Girl. Although the only thing lacking was something along the lines of Shipbreaker - fleshing out that reality. Two of the stories dealt with the Windup girl, one The Calorie Man, Hugo nominated, was the exact setting and the girl was in it. The other one, The Calorie Man, took place in the new America, and was about the calorie counters and the gene rippers. The other stories all ranging in the US, in the next few hundred years or so, and were rather dystopian. Life is not great in his future, but mostly due to droughts, food shortages, etc. Not war, but the consequences of global warming and lack of population control. He never says WHY the world is as it is in his stories, but one can guess, when he refers to the Big Daddy Drought, etc. I enjoyed all the stories, and found them provocative, entertaining in a bleak way, and very much PB. His writing can be recognized anywhere. A distinctive tone and POV, and all too real. You are there, in the slums, in a world where police shoot kids illegally born, because that's the law. I feel that he is one of the major new talents in the SF world.
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