Pump Six and Other Stories

Pump Six and Other Stories

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by Paolo Bacigalupi
     
 

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Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning, and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.
The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the

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Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning, and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.
The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the best Paolo's work, including the Hugo nominee "Yellow Card Man," the nebula and Hugo nominated story "The People of Sand and Slag," and the Sturgeon Award-winning story "The Calorie Man."

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Editorial Reviews

The ten stories in Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection are all futuristic tales cut through with the immediacy of the morning news. Issues of pollution, global warming, infrastructure breakdown, and environmental devastation permeate these fictions. Editor's recommendation. Bacigalupi is a major young genre writer. Pump Six contains a Sturgeon Award-winning story, two Hugo nominated pieces, and a Nebula nominated story.

Publishers Weekly

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. The Hugo-nominated "The Calorie Man" explores a post-fossil fuel future where genetically modified crops both feed and power the world, and greedy megacorporations hold the fates of millions in their hands. "The People of Sand and Slag" envisions a future Earth as a contaminated wasteland inhabited by virtually indestructible post-humans who consume stone and swim in petroleum oceans. "The Tamarisk Hunter" deals with the effects of global warming on water rights in the Southwest, while the title story, original to this volume, follows a New York sewage treatment worker who struggles to repair his antiquated equipment as the city's inhabitants succumb to the brain-damaging effects of industrial pollutants. Deeply thought provoking, Bacigalupi's collected visions of the future are equal parts cautionary tale, social and political commentary and poignantly poetic, revelatory prose. (Apr.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597802024
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
285,221
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Paolo Bacigalupi is a rising star in the science fiction community having just won the Nebula award for The Windup Girl. He is also the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story and two Locus Awards for best collection and best novelette. Paolo lives in western Colorado with his wife and son. Ship Breaker is his first novel for young adults.

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Pump Six and Other Stories 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AWSPL More than 1 year ago
Excellent stories, very enjoyable. A must read.
RenLovesScary More than 1 year ago
Loved this collection of short stories by Paolo Bacigalupi! Every story makes you think. Pump Six was the perfect story to end this collection. I'm hooked on this author. I will forever read anything this man writes! I previously read his book The Wind-up Girl, which I could not put down, and have since read his young adult novel The Ship Breaker. I hope he has something else coming soon... :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Immersive, didn't want it to end.
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