The Windup Girl by Paolo BacigalupiThe Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Windup Girl

byPaolo Bacigalupi

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, a new edition of the break-out science fiction debut featuring additional stories and a 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 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 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 celebrated 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.” Also included is 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.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Paolo Bacigalupi is the award winning author of adult and young adult fiction. His work has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, and Locus award among others, and been nominated for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His short fiction has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Sci...
Title:The Windup GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Night Shade BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1597808210

ISBN - 13:9781597808217


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful vision A very real possibility of what our world could become. Although one of my favourite books, with a brilliant narrative, it's not for the faint of heart and portrays multiple brutal rape scenes.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I struggled to get excited about this book. Well written but I found a bit confusing to follow at times
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from SF The Windup Girl is a great story (until the end) in the realistic and fascinating world of future Bangkok. I really enjoyed the world the Bacigalupi crafted for the book. The heavy control of fuel and foodstuffs in the isolated city of Bangkok creates a plot that is always teetering on the edge of chaos. You could tell that a push in any direction was going to rip the city apart. I wish there was more information on the food companies that exist in the world. The characters he populated his world with ranged from good to okay. Although the number of POV characters allows for a more expansive story, I felt it left them all under-developed. The character I liked the most was Anderson, and I feel like the reader is meant to dislike him because of his job, his associates and his interaction with the native population. But I wanted to know more about him, his job and his plans. Emiko, the synthetic human, is certainly meant to be sympathetic but for the most part it didn't work for me. I really enjoyed story. The constant friction in the government between the trade ministry & the environmental ministry and how the characters are divided on these two sides make for a compelling plot. And that plot comes together in a slow and satisfying manner as it builds up to a thrilling climax. But I felt that Bacigalupi really dropped the ball at the end of the book. It seemed like he wanted a happy ending, sad ending and twist ending all in the same book. It didn't work for me. It just ends up muddying the waters.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I read this book for my "Science, Technology, and Society" class. Usually assigned readings are boring but WOW! This book was great! It depicts a dystopian future where calories are the new currency and the market for food is controlled by large corporations. There is corruption and discrimination, all the horrible things one might expect to see in a novel that essentially explores tragic outcomes of our current markets and ideals.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Effort Set in a future time when the world's plants and animals are subject to an endless cycle of disastrous mutations has put mankind's food supply at risk. Amid all this despair, farmers in Thailand are growing crops lost to the rest of the world. This has brought calorie man Anderson Lake to try and find the scientist responsible. During his quest, he is introduced to Emiko, a Japanese created 'New People'. While the Japanese embrace these creche grown beings, the rest of the world barely tolerate these windups. Coming from an environmentalist background, I was most intrigued by devastation to the global flora and fauna. A little snip here and little tinker there, and soon we have a cascading genetic crisis. I wish there had been more emphasis on this part of the story rather than on the windup girl and the political crisis that developed in the country. The one thing that most disturbed me was the level of corruption in all branches of the government. Bribes were required in almost every situation. You want a package cleared through customs, you pay a bribe, you want to get the union to do the work they've been hired to do, you pay a bribe, you want to do just about anything, you pay a bribe. As distasteful as this process is to me, it was fundamental to the development of this story. This story really has me pondering how close we come to this type of disaster. Currently the Emerald Ash Borer is devastating the white ash trees across my area of Ontario. Loss of trees in the affected areas will be 100% (unless treated). This is horrific damage from a pest that was accidentally introduced to the area. Imagine if these pest had targeted a food stock instead of a tree. I found this book was a bit hard to get into. There was a new world to be introduced to as well as several sets of characters all with their own connections, ranks and priorities. Once I got past that stage, I rather enjoyed the story line. This is a complicated world that Mr. Bacigalupi has constructed and there are a few open story lines that could lead to a sequel, but as of yet, there is no hints of a follow-up.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Windup Girl I really enjoyed this book. It touch on a lot of themes that are relevant to our society today, from the dangers of technology to racism. The story was entertaining and the ending left me wanting more. In a good way of course :)
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive and thought provoking This is one of the best dystopian books I’ve read. Told from several points of view, the story unfolds painting a vivid picture of future Thailand and the rest of the world. There are so many layers to the plot and characters that I was thinking about it long after I was done reading. It is not a book for everyone. You’ll not have any cheap thrills, one dimensional characters or neat packaging in here. The future world is a dark place filled with selfish people, each striving to fulfil their agenda. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Bacigalupi is an author I’ll be reading again.
Date published: 2010-08-22

Editorial Reviews

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, LIBRARY JOURNAL, LOCUS AND THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONWINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD, THE NEBULA AWARD, THE LOCUS AWARD, THE COMPTON CROOK AWARD, AND THE CAMPBELL MEMORIAL AWARD“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“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“This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best ... clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“A captivating look at a dystopic future that seems all too possible. East meetsWest in a clash of cultures brilliantly portrayed in razor-sharp images, tension-building pacing, and sharply etched characters.”—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"Bacigalupi never slides into moralism or judgement ... Ultimately that's what makes this debut novel so exciting. It's rare to find a writer who can create such well-shaded characters while also building a weird new future world."—io9