Thursday, March 25, 2010

Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi’s writing has appeared in High Country News,, 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, nominated for a Nebula and four Hugo awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best sf short story of the year.

His debut novel The Windup Girl was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and his short story collection Pump Six and Other Stories was a 2008 LOCUS Award winner for Best Collection and also named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

Recently I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
I'm reading a book called On Killing, by Dave Grossman because I'm interested in killing. Wait. Did I say that out loud? Seriously, though, it seems like if your characters are going to kill each other, they should do so realistically, and you should the understand the likely impact of something that traumatic on the killer. Good info on the processes required to overcome a human being's innate aversion to killing, and interesting meditations on larger implications for society.
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--Marshal Zeringue