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Posted on Aug 24, 2009 in News, Pump Six and Other Stories, Writing | 2 comments

Two Locus Award Wins for Pump Six and Other Stories

Meant to post this ages ago, but it’s been a crazy summer. Pump Six and Other Stories picked up a Locus Award for Best Collection, and its title story “Pump Six” won for best novelette. Here two are, flanking the book:



  1. I really love your work since I read your short story, “The people of sand and slag”, a couple of days ago; what a haunting tale… it really hit a nerve. I have to confess I got that story from a friend of mine who downloaded it from some shady place in the internet. Now I know you gave it for free here, so I don’t feel so guilty anymore. Moreover, since then I’ve been trying to get every single line of prose from you. I’ve just bought your novel “The wind up girl” from Webscription Ebooks, but I can’t find the digital version of “Pump Six”. I don’t buy paper books anymore if I can help it… please release it digital as soon as possible. I would love to have it on my Sony Reader.

  2. This volume evokes a visceral response. Each story stands on their own, but especially “Pop Squad” and “Pump 6”, just for example, grab on immediately and don’t let go, haunting after the last period. William Gibson step back, your time is past, this work is sheer genius. I’ve been concerned for the last few years at a gap in what I’ve seen as “finely written, original science fiction” and that concern is no more. Paola, you are a great talent, and as it’s been shown from the numerous awards and other recognition, that talent is on the rise. I’m entranced by your ingenuity and on the edge of my seat for what you have in store for us, your readers. As, obviously for you the only way is up, I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

    I also absolutely loved “The Fluted Girl”. This sounds trite and you’ve heard it a million times, but the story was fresh and original. C.L. Moore did a story about 80 years ago with the body replaced by gold concentric circles to create the ultimate dancer’s “tool”, the dancer literally becoming the dance, as your characters become the instrument. And, as brilliant as Moore is, your story is better! The character flaw is that she lost her humanity with her flesh, where your characters retained theirs, although there exists the strong comparison with the instrument. This is high praise as she was one of the best of her generation. I’m sure they’ll be saying that about you, but that’s many, many years hence, after a long and I’m sure, very fruitful, career. Thank you for sharing your talent with us and continuing to follow your muse!