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Tool of War by Paolo BacigalupiTool of War (October 2017, Little, Brown Books) – Tool, a half-man/half-beast designed for combat, is capable of so much more than his creators had ever dreamed… A gripping, eerily prescient story of the most provocative character from Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities.

The Water Knife by Paolo BacigalupiThe Water Knife (Spring 2015, Knopf) – A story of climate change, drought, and water politics set in the American Southwest, loosely based in the same world as the short story “The Tamarisk Hunter.”

The Water Knife by Paolo BacigalupiThe Doubt Factory (2014, Little, Brown Books) – Explores the timely issue of how public information is distorted for monetary gain, and how those who exploit it must be stopped.

US EditionZombie Baseball Beatdown (2013, Little, Brown Books) – Something is rotten at Milow Meat Solutions. Rabi, Miguel and Joe seek to discover its source, before the apocalypse destroys their small town.

“Simultaneously smart, funny, and icky, this book asks a tough question: Is it worth looking the other way in order to save yourself?” — Booklist

US EditionThe Drowned Cities (2012, Little, Brown Books) – Mahlia and Mouse struggle to survive in the war-torn territories of the Drowned Cities but when a bio-engineered half-man crashes into their lives, their fragile existence is threatened.
Los Angels Times Book Prize Finalist

US EditionShip Breaker (2010, Little, Brown Books) – Nailer Lopez labors as a scavenger of the Accelerated Age, tearing apart ancient oil tankers and freighters. When a hurricane-wrecked clipper ship washes onto his shores, he’s faced with a deadly choice.
National Book Award Finalist, Michael L Printz Award Winner, LOCUS Award Winner

US EditionThe Windup Girl (2009, Night Shade Books) – Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s man in Thailand…
Hugo Award Winner, Nebula Award Winner, John W. Campbell Award Winner, LOCUS Award Winner, TIME Magazine Top Ten Books of the Year

US EditionPump Six and Other Stories (2008, Night Shade Books) – Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science fiction short story. Includes most of his short stories to date, plus a new original for the collection. The Locus Award-winning collection includes stories which have received 3 Hugo Award nominations, 1 Nebula Award nomination, won the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the Locus Award and the Asimov’s Readers Choice Award.


Complete List of Short Stories

All of the short stories listed below, with the exception of “The Alchemist” and “The Gambler”, can by found in Pump Six and Other Stories.

The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi“The Alchemist” – July 2010,
Nebula Award Nominee for Novella

Fast Forward 2The Gambler – October 2008, Fast Forward 2
Hugo Award Finalist
Year’s Best Science Fiction 26th Annual Collection
The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Of The Year Volume 3

US EditionPump Six” – February 2008, Pump Six and Other Stories
Locus Award Winner
The Year’s Best SF 14

Logorrhea – Good Words Make Good Stories“Softer” — March 2007, Logorrhea – Good Words Make Good Stories

Fast Forward 1“Small Offerings” — February 2007, Fast Forward 1 – Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge

Asimov's Science Fiction - December 2006“Yellow Card Man”– December 2006, Asimov’s Science Fiction
Hugo Award Finalist
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalist
Year’s Best Science Fiction 24th Annual Collection
The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Of The Year Volume 1

Fantasy & Science Fiction - October/November 2006“Pop Squad” — October/November 2006, Fantasy & Science Fiction

High County News - The Tamarisk HunterThe Tamarisk Hunter — June 26, 2006, High Country News

Fantasy & Science Fiction - October/November 2005“The Calorie Man” — October/November 2005, Fantasy & Science Fiction
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award WINNER
Science Fiction: The Best of 2005
Year’s Best Science Fiction 23rd Annual Collection
Hugo Award Finalist

Asimov's Science Fiction - January 2004“The Pasho” — September 2004, Asimov’s Science Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction - February 2004The People of Sand and Slag — February 2004, Fantasy & Science Fiction
Science Fiction: The Best of 2004
Year’s Best Science Fiction 22nd Annual Collection.
Hugo Award Finalist
Nebula Award Finalist

Fantasy & Science Fiction - June 2003The Fluted Girl — June 2003, Fantasy & Science Fiction
Science Fiction: The Best of 2003
Year’s Best Science Fiction 21st Annual Collection.
Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 17th Annual Collection.
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalist

Fantasy & Science Fiction - February 1999“Pocketful of Dharma” – February 1999, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction