Pump Six and Other Stories 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 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."

About Paolo Bacigalupi

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Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the highly acclaimedThe Drowned Cities, as well as his debut young adult novel, Ship Breaker, which was a Michael L. Printz Award winner, a National Book Award Finalist, and a Locus Award winner. His debut adult novel, The Windup Girl, was named by Time Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009 and won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. His short-story collection, Pump Six and Other Stories, was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and was also named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife and son in western Colorado.
Published January 1, 2010 by Night Shade Books. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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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.

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Paolo Bacigalupi often revisits similar ideas and concepts in separate stories, creating the feeling that you are glimpsing a much larger world by the time you're finished.

Dec 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Pump Six and Other Stories

SF Site

(One more story, "Small Offerings," from the 2007 anthology Fast Forward 1, a brief, dark, story of how environmental toxins might affect childbearing, is available only in the special edition.) Pump Six and Other Stories, with its retrospective organization and in that it features the author'...

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SF Signal

A not-too-promising job lead – which takes the first thirty percent of the story to get to while the narrative loiters with much world building – gives Tranh some slim hope of working his way up from poverty.

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SF Signal

The story feels out of place on one hand, where it doesn’t look like a speculative fiction story, but on the other, where most of the stories look to the inherent problems with humanity, this story fits right in.

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Monsters and Critics

And he takes the theme to new levels in the best story in the collection, which is also, ironically, one of the few stories not previously published--the collection's title story of "Pump Six."

Feb 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Pump Six and Other Stories

Strange Horizons

The later pieces find Bacigalupi experimenting with new themes and styles—"Softer," as I've already said, is a horrific character piece set in the present day, and the title story tries to mix up Bacigalupi's pessimistic vision of the future by telling a story in a farcical tone, with somewhat mi...

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I recently read the story The People of Sand and Slag in the anthology Wastelands: stories of the Apocalypse and I thought it was one of the highlights of that collection.

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