Night Shade News & Notes

  • interviews Paolo Bacigalupi (The Windup Girl): – "I'd like [the environment] to become more of a component that figures into SF. My fear is that it becomes window dressing–that we create lots of global warming futures where sea level has risen. Or there's a tip of the hat to various species going under–a wave of the hand saying yes this is our world–but it's not really an engagement. One way SF can go is to treat it less as a setting and more as a major component of the story."
  • reviews The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi – "One of the strengths of The Windup Girl, other than its intriguing characters, is Bacigalupi's world building. You can practically taste this future Thailand he's built. … And there are several moments where the hard SF here merges deftly with a magical realism that compliments it nicely. … It's rare to find a writer who can create such well-shaded characters while also building a weird new future world."

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