The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Several people suggested this book as one of the best science fiction books of the year, and I have to agree with them. It’s in what I think of as a growing category of future-imagining when society is based more on scarcity of resources (food, energy, etc) than we are today. This is a story set in a future, independent Thailand, and is fascinating in the way it takes so much of the rich cultural & political heritage of the never-conquered country and projects that into the future, both as a strength and a weakness.

The book is quite graphic in some respects — fairly violent in places.

But a terrific, if not terribly optimistic, novel.


  1. Synchronic post timing – checked GReader while I was walking by my neighborhood book store after lunch and popped in to grab their last copy after reading your reco.

  2. Cory Doctorow recommended it, and I was able to request a free copy! I think i got it because i asked it very early.

    Superb novel, couldn’t stop reading. Guess what, Anderson Lake was the most impressive character! Was different because you usually see only circuit-addled visions of the future in science fiction. Fresh, quick and deliciously violent.

    Liked it so much that I filled in the Plot Summary of the novel on Wikipedia!! That’s for getting it free.