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Pretties

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 in Blog, Pump Six and Other Stories, Writing | 9 comments

I found these in Night Shade’s triple-top-security storage facility. It’s taken a long time to get to this point. I’m carrying a couple copies around in my bags right now, and I have to keep resisting the urge to take them out and pet...

Interview with The Fix

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 in News, Pump Six and Other Stories, Writing |

I recently did an interview with Marshall Payne over at The Fix. We chat about PUMP SIX, environmentalism, coal, and the joys of sharing, among other things. Daniel Ausema has also done an extensive review of the collection. There are a couple small spoilers, especially about “Pop Squad” so if you want the stories to surprise you… well, you...

Now THAT’S a guarantee!

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 in Blog, Writing | 5 comments

I love traveling. Living in a tiny rural town, I’m normally cut off from the pulse of America. But every so often, I poke my head up, go visit strange urban lands, and roam through busy airports and come across gems like the following: Now, if you read this while you’re eating your Big Mac, do you think: A) You’re darn right! And there’s no guarantee better than that! B) I’m so relieved. C) Why are you announcing this to me? Is this a new policy? D) I’m eating...

A chat with Michelle Nijhuis

Posted on Feb 23, 2008 in Appearances |

Award-winning science journalist Michelle Nijhuis interviews me over at Grist Magazine. We have a conversation about the connections between the work she does as a science journalist and how I work as a science fiction writer… and how a lot of her articles directly inspire the stories I write. If you go over to her website, she’s got tons of stories posted about everything from global warming to the impacts of invasive species. Great...

Publishers Weekly Interview

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 in Interviews, News |

Publishers Weekly has an interview with me up on their site. It’s a bit trimmed from the original conversation, but they do a good job of cutting to the chase. And their headline is astonishingly, indeed, almost embarrassingly generous. A starred review, and I’m a prophet… My ego expands– and then shrivels when I’m reminded that I still haven’t finished a certain novel. Ah well. Back to...

Which Story Should I Post?

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 in Blog, Pump Six and Other Stories, Writing | 14 comments

There comes a time when every author needs to admit that they need help. I have reached that moment. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been working on a mini-site for PUMP SIX, putting up links to reviews, the cover info, and most importantly, I’m also putting up some sample stories for readers to test-drive what I write. But now I have a dilemma. What stories to post? I’ve already got “The Tamarisk Hunter” up on the site. That’s a no-brainer. It’s already on High Country News’ site, so why not here, too? But that doesn’t seem sufficient to give people a good feel for my writing. So I’m...

PUMP SIX is in the supply chain…

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 in Blog, Pump Six and Other Stories, Writing | 4 comments

The gentleman of Night Shade have informed me that PUMP SIX AND OTHER STORIES printed last week and shipped to distributors. Which means that pesky message over at Amazon will soon be saying, “Your order will be shipping damn fast. Would you like fries with that?” instead of the rather limp “Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we’ll deliver when available.” I expect that my first sight of the physical product will occur this weekend when I make my pilgrimage to San Francisco for the SF in SF reading. I can’t wait. I’m going to sleep with a copy, I swear it. Don’t tell my...

A Loan from the Bank of Reader Trust

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 in Blog, Pump Six and Other Stories, Writing | 4 comments

I’ve been thinking lately about reader trust. Broadly, as a writer, you have an obligation to hook a reader in your opening paragraphs and give them faith that you can deliver a good story. Seems obvious. But recently I’ve been thinking there are mitigating aspects to this. While I was at MileHiCon a couple months ago, I did a reading: a thirty-minute session, mashed against another writer’s thirty-minute session. A nice group of people showed up and I decided to take them for a spin through my new novelette, “Pump Six.” Okay, first a digression about readings: If you ever do a reading, make sure that you’ve practiced with...

Scalzi on SFWA

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 in Blog, science fiction, writing biz | 1 comment

John Scalzi has a wonderful rant about SFWA and Andrew Burt’s candidacy for president posted on his site. I also like what Charlie Finlay adds in the comments, by describing some of the problems SFWA faces beyond certain candidates themselves. I myself let my SFWA membership lapse this year. It seemed like the organization couldn’t really address, nor was it interested in addressing, a lot of what Charlie outlines. The problems with the Nebula awards are particularly odd, because they seem like such simple things to fix… and yet. In any case, during an earlier stage in my life I decided that when something is dysfunctional, it’s better not...

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 in News, Pump Six and Other Stories, Reviews | 1 comment

PUMP SIX AND OTHER STORIES got a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They say: “Bacigalupi’s stellar first collection of 10 stories displays the astute social commentary and consciousness-altering power of the very best short form science fiction” … “Deeply thought provoking, Bacigalupi’s collected visions of the future are equal parts cautionary tale, social and political commentary and poignantly poetic, revelatory prose.” I also did an interview with them, but it doesn’t seem to be available online, so I’m still trying to track down a final version of it. In any case, it’s a happy moment. Now, back to the...