2009 Nebula Awards

I'm very happy to report that Paolo Bacigalupi's excellent The Windup Girl has just won the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novel. This was likely the very best science fiction book of last year, and I encourage everyone to give it a shot. For more info about this title: Canada, USA, Europe.

Here's the blurb:

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko... Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of "The Calorie Man" ( Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and "Yellow Card Man" (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these poignant questions.

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4 commentaires:

Simeon said...

I haven't read the other nominated books, but The Windup Girl was truly amazing so I'm glad it won.

Unknown said...

i like this post.

itesh joshi

Bob Lock said...


This is one of the best books I've read lately and is worthy of such a great accolade.

Anonymous said...

Not Thai so I can't verify, but according to this review:


This guy couldn't even be bothered to learn Thai before writing this book.

I'd be interested in a follow up.