THE WINDUP GIRL is a finalist for the Nebula Award!

It’s been receiving critical-acclaim left and right ever since it came out, and now The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi has been named as a finalist for the Nebula Award–one of the most prestigious honors in all of science fiction/fantasy. Paolo’s story, “The Gambler,” which appeared in Lou Anders’ anthology Fast Forward 2, was also named a finalist. See the rest of the nominees here.

But being named a Nebula nominee is just the tip of the iceberg. The Windup Girl was named one of Time Magazine’s best novels of 2009, and named to Publishers Weekly’s and Library Journal’s best-of-the-year lists. Check out what the critics have been saying about it:

  • “It’s ridiculous how good this book is. Bacigalupi’s vision is almost as rich and shocking as William Gibson’s vision was in 1984 … I hope he writes 10 sequels.” – Lev Grossman for Time Magazine, named one of Time Magazine’s top ten novels of the year
  • “The novel’s gritty tone, provocative story line, and sympathetic characters evoke a world that is frightening real.” – American Library Association, named the SF novel of the year
  • “This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), named one of PW’s Best Books of 2009
  • “Postmodern Bangkok springs to life in Bacigalupi’s brilliant dystopian tale of culture clash, recalling the best of China Miéville and Neal Stephenson.” – Library Journal (Starred Review), named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2009
  • “The Windup Girl will almost certainly be the most important SF novel of the year for its willingness to confront the most cherished notions of the genre, namely that our future is bright and we will overcome our selfish, cruel nature.” – BookPage
  • “Nothing short of an instant dystopian classic.” – Barnes & Noble
  • “A classic dystopian novel likely to be short listed for the Nebula and Hugo Awards. … One of the best first science fiction novels of recent years.” – SF Signal (a 5/5 star review)
  • “Clearly one of the most significant books of the year. Worthy of Hugo consideration.” – SF Revu
  • “One of the best books I’ve read this year. On a line by line basis, it has the beauty of a well-crafted short story and then you get into the big sweep of the novel. The science fiction of it is thoroughly and frighteningly believable, but that isn’t what makes this a great book. What makes The Windup Girl beautiful and terrifying is its convincing portrayal of humanity, both as a society and as individuals.” – John W. Campbell Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Beautifully written … The Windup Girl is an important, perhaps even cautionary tale about a very possible future, set in a Thailand one can almost taste and feel. Plan to see it on many a best-of list and most likely a few award short lists as well.” – Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore