Paolo Bacigalupi

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Paolo Bacigalupi is an award-winning author of novels for adults and young people.

His debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Internationally, it has won the Seiun Award (Japan), The Ignotus Award (Spain), The Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Germany), and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France).

His debut young adult novel, SHIP BREAKER, was a Micheal L. Printz Award Winner, and a National Book Award Finalist, and its sequel, THE DROWNED CITIES, was a 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best of YA Book, A 2012 VOYA Perfect Ten Book, and 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. The final book in the series, TOOL OF WAR, wil
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Paolo Bacigalupi I haven't really. GMO's, much like any technology, are simply a reflection of us. Overall, I think something like Golden Rice is more of a PR wedge to…moreI haven't really. GMO's, much like any technology, are simply a reflection of us. Overall, I think something like Golden Rice is more of a PR wedge to drive acceptance for other patented, modified, profit-oriented seeds in the future. Some of those are very likely to be useful or beneficial in some way.

But I'll add a caveat that whoever controls these technologies will have specific agendas of their own. Monsanto and Syngenta, aren't, at root, in the business of feeding people; they're in the business of maximizing profits. How they go about that in the future may not be in humanity's best interest. I tend to be cynical about profit-driven companies that beat the drum of human relief, while also being the same companies that developed the Terminator gene.

At root, I think that any given technology (think nuclear power, gunpowder, the written word...) has the potential to improve our lives, wound it, and also to create unexpected accidents. It's not the technology that's the problem, it's us, the users. However angelic or demonic, or thoughtful or thoughtless we happen to be is then amplified by our technologies.

I continue to think that GMO's represent a complexity that we don't yet fully comprehend, so I expect that there will be some surprises that come out of them. (less)
Paolo Bacigalupi At some point, I probably will go back to it. But if I do, it won't be to follow Emiko, as I feel like I've taken her story as far as I can. Most like…moreAt some point, I probably will go back to it. But if I do, it won't be to follow Emiko, as I feel like I've taken her story as far as I can. Most likely, I would shift focus to India. I've always wondered what mischief characters like Richard Carlyle, Tan Hock Seng, and Mai might get up to. And after exploring a country like Thailand, which has resisted the calorie companies, I think I'd like to explore a country that has instead completely been taken over by them. It's something I continue to mull. (less)
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The Future of News; the Future of Us.

Three years ago, I wrote a short story called “American Gold Mine,” about news for profit. Last year, it was published in the Oct/Nov Issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.


For a long time, I’ve been troubled by the the trends I’ve been seeing in the way news is reported, and how it’s monetized. It’s why I wrote “The Gambler” a decade ago.  “American Gold Mine” is another attempt at

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“Killing isn't free. It takes something out of you every time you do it. You get their life; they get a piece of your soul. It's always a trade.”
Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker

“I'm a chess piece. A pawn,' she said. 'I can be sacrificed, but I cannot be captured. To be captured would be the end of the game.”
Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker

“We are nature. Our every tinkering is nature, our every biological striving. We are what we are, and the world is ours. We are its gods. Your only difficulty is your unwillingness to unleash your potential fully upon it.”
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