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WINDUP GIRL and “The Gambler” nominated for the Nebula Award

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 in News, The Windup Girl | 7 comments

Once again, behind on blog updates: THE WINDUP GIRL has been nominated for the Nebula Award, and to top it off, my novelette, “The Gambler,” is also a nominee. You can read “The Gambler” free over at PYR Books’ website. It’s a great honor to be nominated, made doubly so by the high quality of the novels and stories that are in competition for the award. In other WINDUP GIRL news, a couple of other rave reviews have come in: Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow: “…an exciting story about industrial espionage, civil war, and political struggle, filled with heart-thudding action sequences, sordid sex, and enough technical speculation for two lesser...

THE WINDUP GIRL named by TIME Magazine as a best book of the year

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 in News, The Windup Girl | 3 comments

I meant to post this earlier, like, two months ago, when it happened. But I always get distracted. In any case, yes, TIME Magazine named THE WINDUP GIRL as one of the top ten fiction books of the year. Not just science fiction, mind, but fiction, generally. Which feels pretty good. Some other fabulous reviews below: TIME Magazine: “Bacigalupi is a worthy successor to William Gibson: this is cyberpunk without computers.” Techland: “It’s ridiculous how good this book is.” Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2009: “Bacigalupi’s powerful debut warns of dire ecological collapse and the evils of colonialism in an eerily plausible near future Thailand.” Library Journal, Best Books...

Raves for The Windup Girl

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 in News, The Windup Girl | 14 comments

The reviews on The Windup Girl have been astonishingly good. Here’s the roundup, with links to the originals: Publishers Weekly: (Starred Review) “Complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best… clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year.” Library Journal: (Starred Review) East meets West in a clash of cultures brilliantly portrayed in razor-sharp images, tension-building pacing, and sharply etched characters. SF Signal: (Five out of Five Stars) “Disturbing… beautiful, fast-paced, exciting…and also a novel of hope. Unlike many dystopian authors, Bacigalupi knows that at our core humans always struggle against any challenge. While we may...

Windup Girl has a cover

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 in News, The Windup Girl, Writing | 10 comments

Here’s the cover, grabbed fresh and hot from Night Shade Books’ website: Secret sources within the company hint that the book may even be available at Worldcon in Montreal less than a month from now. Am I excited? Yes I...

THE WINDUP GIRL…

Posted on Jan 7, 2009 in News, The Windup Girl | 8 comments

…has sold to Nightshade Books. It happened while we were in India, and I am very pleased. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this story is set in the same world as “Yellow Card Man.” More on this later, but I thought I should at least mention...

How to celebrate?

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 in Blog, The Windup Girl, Writing | 6 comments

Now that I’ve gotten over the killer cold that felled me immediately after I finished work on THE WINDUP GIRL, I’m trying to figure out how I’m supposed to celebrate the fact that, for the first time in a couple years, I don’t have a looming project. I kept telling myself that when I finished work on this thing that I’d reward myself somehow. But now that I’m done, I don’t have any ideas. Anyone else have things they like to do after they finish their writing projects? How do you mark your...

writing music

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 in Blog, The Windup Girl, Writing | 9 comments

Okay, everyone made fun of me when they heard that I was listening to Nickelback. I make no claims of having good taste. As I was finishing up THE WINDUP GIRL my soundtrack largely consisted of: Sean Paul Avril Lavigne Daddy Yankee Nelly Paul Wall The Blackeyed Peas Fergie David Guetta What do you listen to when you write? Any suggestions for...

The Windup Girl is DONE

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 in News, The Windup Girl | 5 comments

Just shipped it out to my agent. The final word count is 140,000 after a 12,000-word haircut in the last round of revisions, and I am very happy to have the thing out of my hands. I was starting to rearrange sentences and individual words, and then re-rearrange them, so it was time to let...

Fast Forward 2

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 in News, Pump Six and Other Stories, The Windup Girl |

is released. My novelette “The Gambler” is in it. Over at Pyr’s website, you can read Paul Cornell’s “Catherine Drewe” in its entirety. Lou calls it, “a tale of a Bond-like character in an alternate history where the Great Game never ended and the British Empire – along with the other world powers – extends its reach throughout the solar system.” Also included are stories by Kay Kenyon, Chris Nakashima-Brown, Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, Cory Doctorow and Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jack McDevitt, Paul McAuley, Mike Resnick and Pat Cadigan, Ian McDonald, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Karl Schroeder and Tobias S. Buckell, Jeff Carlson. This is the only novelette I’ve written this...