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Pump Six and Other Stories

I’m on NPR!

Posted on Jun 29, 2008 in Interviews, News, Pump Six and Other Stories | 2 comments

NPR’s Weekend Edition featured me this morning. I wasn’t actually awake for the four-minute event (Arjun slept in, for once), but thanks to the glory of the intertubes, it’s now available for late risers. The segment focuses on my collection Pump Six and Other Stories along with my somewhat bumpy writing career. Also featured are Michelle Nijhuis, the environmental journalist whose reporting has inspired a lot of my writing, and Jeremy Lassen, my fine publisher at Night Shade...

Fantastic Reviews Interview and Review

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 in Interviews, News, Pump Six and Other Stories, Reviews |

Aaron Hughes over at Fantastic Reviews has a very long interview with me, which ranges over everything from my writing process, to free markets and externalities, to the idea of “boy” stories. It was a fun conversation. They also have a review of PUMP SIX which opens with, “There is no shortage of talented writers in the science fiction genre today, but there are all too few who matter.” And they give it a 9/10....

Free Stories Posted

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 in News, Pump Six and Other Stories, Writing |

I’ve added some sample stories under the PUMP SIX header. In addition to “The Tamarisk Hunter” I’ve also added the Hugo and Nebula nominee “The People of Sand and Slag” and just for grins, I also posted the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist “The Fluted Girl.” That should give people enough of an idea about my writing to either love it or hate it. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions about what I should post. It was a big...

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...

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...

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...