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Pump Six and Other Stories Hardcover – 1 Feb 2008

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (1 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159780133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801331
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,668,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl was one of the most celebrated SF debuts of all time, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Following a number of award-winning novels for younger readers, The Water Knife marks his return to adult fiction. He is a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, and lives in Colorado with his wife and son.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chairman Paulo on 9 Aug. 2008
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A very good collection of science fiction (though everything about the cover and inside jacket disguises the genre) short stories, well worth giving a go. The stories can be pretty dark and bitter sweet but always entertaining. Yellow Card Man about a down and out refugee is particularly good but the thrilling and melancholic post-cyberpunk The People of Sand and Slag depicting a weird and scary posthuman society is my favourite.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Garde on 24 Jan. 2010
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This is Paolo Bacigalupi's first book and it is one of the most memeorable short story collections that I can recall reading for many a year. Many of the stories are set in a dystopian future, a favourite venue for many of the classics of science fiction. Stories such as, The Fluted Girl,The People of Slag and Sand, Pop Squad stay in the mind long afterwards. Although the stories take place in a bleak future this does not mean thay all end in a grim, negative way. Many of them have a degree of hope and optimism mixed in. I have since read two other books by this guy,The Windup Girl, and Ship Breaker and if you like your stories at longer lenngth, then I can highly recommend these as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miki101.Michaela on 26 May 2013
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Having read the fantastic novel The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi about a world deformed by the worst examples of mankind without any scruples, I was very intrigued.
So I started to read this perfect collection of dystopian short-stories - a future not too far away from our yet disastrous present...
And I found 10 short stories, and everyone of them was perfect!
They cover all the - often awfull - situations the future will maybe bring to the human beings, the animals which are left and the plants, all three often enormously deformed. First planned to bring more benefits for mankind, simplifications to make the "life more comfortable" - ending with gentically altered organisms, monstrous deformations and a life worse even than Your worst nightmares...

In a "Pocketful of Dharma" a small beggar-boy finds the incarnation of the Dalai Lama - in a data cube. Will he and his bounty survive the hunt that's in act?

"The Fluted Girl": A young girl - a special construct for "giving pleasure" - is permanently abused by her mistress. But there may be a change in her life...

"The People of Sand and Slag" - three friends - find an almost extinct species: a dog! And what shall they do with this species?

In "The Pasho") a young man of learning and enlightenment returns from the big, evolved city to his almost stone-age village in a desert. His grandfather, an old warrior with ideas for a new war will have some great surprise in the end...
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This book can be summarized in one word: GRIM! But despite of that, it is beautifully written and thought provoking. It is not a set of stories to be read before you go to sleep.

One of my favorite stories in the book is "The People of Sand and Slag". This is a short story (25 pages or so), which can be read here legally: http://windupstories.com/pumpsix/the-people-of-sand-and-slag/

Two other short stories from the same book can be downloaded here: http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downloads/WindupStories.html
These stories play in the same world as the novel "The Windup Girl". Especially the latter story is very grim, even more so than the novel "The Windup Girl".

If you really like these freely avaialble stories, then you can buy the book to get more of them. I really recommend them. What strikes me most of his dystopian futures is that they are so close to us. These dystopias can easily come from our world in which we live now, they are not far future abstract worlds which stand on their own, but they are natural extensions of our own society in which things go terribly wrong.

The most shocking story of the book is "Pop Squad", this work really shook me up and it only needed appr. 20 pages to do so! It is terryfying, haunting, but it can in no way be compared to a horror story. That makes it the most disturbing!
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The future portrayed in these short stories contains elements that are easy to imagine- war, religious differences, competition for food and water, and of course real estate. These are all here. But there is so much more. Genetic engineering of just about everything including people, animals, and plants grown for food and fuel is the norm. Mutations are rampant and most of them aren't for the better.

This is the first time I've read this author's work and I am very impressed. This is a person who has obviously given the end of civilization as we know it a lot of thought. The world after any type of apocalypse is bound to be dark and dangerous, and that runs through every story in this collection, but it is the deeply weird stuff that was especially fascinating. With enough wealth, people in these stories can get away with just about anything, and they use that power without hesitation or restraint.

These tales aren't for the faint of heart- but if you enjoy well written imaginative stories that make you think, then I would whole heartedly recommend this book.
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