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Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi
Bacigalupi at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Bacigalupi at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born (1972-08-06) August 6, 1972 (age 47)
Paonia, Colorado
GenreScience fiction, biopunk, young adult fiction
Notable works
Notable awards
  • Hugo
  • Nebula
  • John W. Campbell Memorial
  • Michael L. Printz
  • Compton Crook
  • Theodore Sturgeon

Paolo Tadini Bacigalupi (born August 6, 1972 in Paonia, Colorado) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He has won the Hugo, Nebula,[1] John. W. Campbell, Compton Crook, Theodore Sturgeon, and Michael L. Printz awards, and has been nominated for the National Book Award. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, and the environmental journal High Country News. Nonfiction essays of his have appeared in and High Country News, and have been syndicated in newspapers, including the Idaho Statesman, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Bacigalupi's short fiction has been collected in the anthology Pump Six and Other Stories (Night Shade Books, 2008). His debut novel The Windup Girl, also published by Night Shade Books in September 2009, won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards in 2010.[2] The Windup Girl was also named by Time as one of the Top 10 Books of 2009.[3] Ship Breaker, published by Little, Brown in 2010, was awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for the "best book written for teens", and was nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.[4]


The Windup Girl, along with many of his short stories, explores the effects of bioengineering and a world in which fossil fuels are no longer viable. Bioengineering has ravaged the world with food-borne plagues, produced tailored organisms as mimics to both cats and humans, and replaced today's fossil-fuel reliant engines with muscle power, whether human or engineered animal. Energy storage is accomplished through the use of high-capacity springs, as well as simply transporting food to feed either megodonts (bioengineered elephants) or human laborers. His writing deals with the ethics and possible ramifications of genetic engineering and western dominance, as well as the nature of humanity and a world in which, despite drastic changes, people remain essentially the same. Similar themes run through his book The Water Knife, where a future American Southwest is reduced to a dystopian Dust Bowl where water is a guarded commodity for the wealthy and powerful interests.[5]

Awards and nominations



Young Adult

Middle Grade

  • Zombie Baseball Beatdown (2013)[14]

Short fiction


  • Pump Six and Other Stories. Night Shade Books. 2008.


Short stories

  • "Pocketful of Dharma" (1999)
  • "The Fluted Girl" (2003)
  • "The People of Sand and Slag" (2004)
  • "The Pasho" (2004)
  • "The Calorie Man" (2005)
  • "The Tamarisk Hunter" (2006)
  • "Pop Squad" (2006)
  • "Yellow Card Man" (2006)
  • "Softer" (2007)
  • "Small Offerings" (2007)
  • "Pump Six" (2008)
  • "The Gambler" (2008)
  • "Moriabe's Children" (2014)
  • "Shooting the Apocalypse" (2014)
  • "A Hot Day's Night" (2015)


See also


  1. ^ 2010 Nebula Awards Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine accessed September 4, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Flood, Alison (September 6, 2010). "China Miéville and Paolo Bacigalupi tie for Hugo award". The Guardian. London. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "The Top 10 Everything Of 2009". Time. December 8, 2009.
  4. ^ "Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker Nominated for National Book Award". Locus Online News. Locus Publications. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Compton Crook Award Winners". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Post, Dave (2010-07-10). "2010 Campbell Award Winners Announced". Worlds Without End Blog. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  8. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2010 Nebula Awards". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05.
  9. ^ "SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees". Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  10. ^ "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". YALSA American Library Association. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Palmarès - Planète-SF". 2017. "Les lauréats des différentes éditions du Prix des blogueurs Planète-SF".
  12. ^ "2012年 第43回星雲賞".
  13. ^ "2013年 第44回星雲賞".
  14. ^ a b c "War, Killer Children, and More: An Interview with Paolo Bacigalupi". 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  15. ^ "Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi, Available Oct. 10, 2017".

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