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Paolo Bacigalupi Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ship Breaker Books

Ship Breaker (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Drowned Cities (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tool of War (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Windup Universe Books

Pump Six and Other Stories (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Windup Girl (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Khaim Short Stories/Novellas

The Alchemist (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tangled Lands (By: Tobias Buckell) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Zombie Baseball Beatdown (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Doubt Factory (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Water Knife (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Navola (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Pocketful of Dharma (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fluted Girl (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The People of Sand and Slag (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Calorie Man (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tamarisk Hunter (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yellow Card Man (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gambler (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Year's Best Science Fiction: 21 Annual Edition(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, September 2004(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rewired(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 22(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fast Forward 2(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 14(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
I'm With the Bears(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diverse Energies(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the End(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Nine(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Futuredaze 2: Reprise(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, October 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loosed Upon the World(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future Tense Fiction(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cyber World(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Born in August 6, 1973, Paolo Bacigalupi is known as one of the most sensational SF writers who have released a number of interesting books. He established himself as a worth readable writer with his very first novel named as “The Windup Girl” that attained high recognitions both the Hugo and Nebula awards this year.

Paolo Bacigalupi’s works has been given space in well-known magazines such as WIRED Magazine, High Country News,, OnEarth Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and others. In addition, he has also written a collection of short stories that has been recognized as the most read stories. His short story collection, named as PUMP SIX AND OTHER STORIES, was awarded with Locus Award for the best stories in the year 2008.

Paolo Bacigalupi’s Early Life

With upbringing in a free-spirited environment in rural Colorado, he was naturally inclined to reading fantasy and science fictional stories since the time he developed interest in stories. Among his most preferred books were Red Planet, Starship Troopers, Heinlein novels along with the most read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

He in due course appeared Oberlin College, where he earned knowledge and skills in East Asian studies with a special attention on the Chinese language. apart from his studies and knowledge earned at Oberlin College, he enriched his knowledge through traveling across the nations such as Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

He developed interest in writings when he was in Boston where he was working as a web developer.

As he has stretched his reader base from teenagers to adults because of his imaginary writings, he has bagged noteworthy recognitions such as the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, a Locus award, a Nebula, and a Hugo.

He told in a Locus interview about his writing aspect. He said: “It all seems faintly mysterious. I know what I’m trying to write, but the alchemy that happens between the reader and my writing is extraordinary.”

Bacigalupi is an efficient and polished story teller who love involving science fiction as well as imaginary things in his writings. He keeps on connecting the readers into fictional and interesting stories that reflect the near-future worlds. In addition he has also highlighted the cause of environmental degradation due to society’s abuse of natural resources and huge industrialization.

The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl is termed as one of the most preferred works of Paolo Bacigalupi who won science fiction’s greatest recognition and established himself as a political and sophisticated genre novelist. Based on a situation in a post–global-warming-apocalypse Bangkok, Bacigalupi’s novel talks about biotech plotting.

The book talks of several fantastically created characters including a “calorie man” who scrubs Southeast Asia in pursuit of alternate source of food to swap crops wasted due to unfavorable weather and other circumstances.

Parallel character in The Windup Girl

The analogous renovator in this book is Angel Velasquez, who try his best to locate water and other food resources by hook or by crook, using either lawful or thuggish strategies. He is as strong and scheming as a noir investigator. He is dressed with various ultramodern accessories; some of the imaginary dresses are designed with the inspiration taken from science-centric trends of these days.

His debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL has been recognized as one of the most preferred and loved books by TIME Magazine. It was listed among the 10 most preferred books in the year 2009. Globally, the novel does also earned some recognitions such as the Seiun Award from Japan, The Ignotus Award from Spain, The Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis award from Germany, and the Prix Planète-SF des Blogueurs award from France.

Ship Breaker

His another famous novel, SHIP BREAKER, was also recognized as the most read adult novel that earned him high recognitions such as Micheal L. Printz Award Winner, and a National Book Award.

Through the novel Ship Breaker, he tries to depict an imaginary plot in order to attract adult readers. He takes a story through the most involving fantasy story for the teen audiences. Similar to his famous novel The Windup Girl, this novel does also depict the future when environment would be badly degraded.


As the novel moves around a future concern related to environment degradation, the author has created an interesting plot in which some characters have their space accordingly.

Nailer, who is one of the main characters, who is living in the Gulf Coast of the United States, where he along with his friend Pima search copper wire from the oxidizing shells of oil freighters. When the two friends locate the smashup of a high-class ship, they got an idea to make some money out of it. Moreover, they do also find a traveller called Nita who is a survivor and is still alive.

While Nailer understands that the recovered things from this vessel will earn them adequate money with which they can enhance their life quality and the standard of living. He is also well aware of the fact that his drug-habituated father would stop at nothing to get the control, and it can possibly be harmful for Nita.

With his extraordinary imaginary ability to write a novel on contemporary issues, he has highlighted the grave concerns of environment degradation. Energy conservation is attained possibly through the way of making use of high-capacity coils, over and above just supplying food stuffs to the people who are in need. His short stories and other works has successfully reflected the aftereffects of bioengineering and scientific accomplishments that have advantages and disadvantages at the same time. He writes about the world in which fossil fuels are no longer feasible.

Paolo Bacigalupi’s works largely deals with the beliefs and potential complications of genetic engineering along with the increasing western supremacy on the scientific research and development, in addition to the nature of humankind and a biosphere wherein human being stays essentially with the same traits.

His works varied from novels, short story collections, novellas to audiobooks. And his journey is still in pace with so many promising things.

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