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The Windup Girl: Expanded Edition

The Windup Girl: Expanded Edition

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ISBN: 9781597808217
Published: 05/05/2015


Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, a new edition of the breakout science fiction debut featuring additional stories and an exclusive Q&A with the author.

Anderson Lake is AgriGen’s Calorie Man, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand while combing Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories.

Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, 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 this chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bioengineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bioterrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits and forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.

In this brand-new edition celebrating the book’s reception into the canon of modern science fiction, accompanying the text are two novelettes exploring the dystopian world of The Windup Girl, the Theodore Sturgeon Award–winning “The Calorie Man” and “Yellow Card Man,” and an exclusive Q&A with the author describing his writing process, the political climate into which his debut novel was published, and the future of science fiction.

Praise for The Windup Girl

“Bacigalupi is a worthy success to William Gibson: this is cyberpunk without computers.”
Time Magazine, Best Books of 2009

“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.”
Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

“A captivating look at a dystopic future that seems all too possible. East meets West in a clash of cultures brilliantly portrayed in razor-sharp images, tension-building pacing, and sharply etched characters. Fans of the SF techno-fiction of China Mièville and Neal Stephenson should flock to this cautionary thriller.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“When it hits its sweet-spot, The Windup Girl embodies what SF does best of all: it remakes reality in compelling, absorbing and thought-provoking ways, and it lives on vividly in the mind.
The Guardian

“Reminiscent of Philip K. Dick’s Blade Runner...densely packed with ideas about genetic manipulation, distribution of resources, the social order, and environmental degradation...science fiction with an environmental message, but one that does not get in the way of its compelling story.”
Sacramento Book Review

“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, Time

“Bacigalupi constructs a sobering nuanced future of Bangkok teetering on the edge of disaster...The novel's gritty tone, provocative story line, and sympathetic characters evoke a world that is frighteningly real.”
—ALA 2010 Reading List Awards (Best SF Novel of the Year)

“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 a great book. What makes The Windup Girl beautiful and terrifying is its convincing portrayal of humanity, both as a society and as individuals.”
—Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Shades of Milk and Honey

“2010's science fiction 'it' book brings poetry and excitement to ecotastrophe.”
—Cory Doctorow, author of Makers and Little Brother

“Unlike many dystopian authors, Bacigalupi knows that at our core humans always struggle against any challenge. While we may not consistently do right, we consistently hope to do better.”
SF Signal

“Bacigalupi takes the ideas and themes from his award-winning short fiction and explores them in great complexity and depth than ever before. The results are spectacular. You won't see the future the same way ever again.”
—C. C. Finlay, author of the Traitor to the Crown series

The Windup Girl is clearly one of the most significant books of the year, definitely worth Hugo consideration, and the herald of more good work to come from the author.”
SF Revu

“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...It's rare to find a writer who can create such well-shaded characters while also building a weird new future world.”
io9.com