Pump Six: A Conversation with Paolo Bacigalupi, a Next-Generation SF Writer

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Paolo Bacigalupi isn't the most prolific writer, but like another talented SF creator, Ted Chiang, he makes each story count. His fiction has appeared in High Country News, Salon.com, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. It has been anthologized in various “Year’s Best” collections of short science fiction and fantasy, been nominated for the Nebula and Hugo awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best SF short story of the year. Bacigalupi's new (and first) collection, Pump Six and Other Stories, contains all of his short fiction (as well as "Pump Six," original to the book) and is getting raves, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly. PW wrote in part "Deeply thought provoking, Bacigalupi’s collected visions of the future are equal parts cautionary tale, social and political commentary and poignantly poetic, revelatory prose." In short, Bacigalupi is the real deal. I talked to Bacigalupi earlier this year via email...

Amazon.com: Where are you, right now, as you're writing these answers?
Paolo Bacigalupi: I'm sitting in my office. It's a one-room work space above the local bookstore. I rent it for $150/month. Its got mauve walls. Carpeting with a green twining vines and pink vaginal flower patterns. The place used to be a rooming house; I gather that's where the carpet comes from. It's poorly heated, so I've got a space heater. The window view is of our local grocery's parking lot: a lot of gray snow, pickup trucks, and some rich person's Land Cruiser. The bookstore has a deck off the front that overhangs the sidewalk, so I can go out there and watch dump trucks drive by.

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I have yet to see a vaginal shaped flower. However, a labia shaped flower, well, they are everywhere. Even shelled mussels from the sea. But vagina? That is an internal job. You wouldn't say 'prostate stymen' now would you?

Posted by: PeggyAnn Doak | Thursday April 3, 2008 at 3:55 PM

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