The Windup Girl

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Hachette India, Aug 7, 2012 - Fiction - 544 pages
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Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko... Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe. What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution?

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Paolo Bacigalupi's debut novel The Wind-Up Girl is a futuristic science-fiction novel that won the 2009 Nebula award and the 2010 Hugo Award among other prizes. The novel is set in a richly described ... Read full review

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Love my scifi. Runs along postapocalyptic lines. Read full review

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Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in High Country News The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. His short fiction has been anthologized in various year's best?collections of short science fiction and fantasy and he has been nominated for two Nebula and four Hugo Awards and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best SF short story of the year. His short story collection Pump Six And Other Stories was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and also named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He currently lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son where he is working on a new novel.

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