Paolo Bacigalupi’s exemplary first novel The Windup Girl recently won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and is nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel. His first book for younger readers, Ship Breaker, was published in May and is currently taking the world by storm. Paolo will be appearing in the New York area at McNally Jackson on Thursday, July 1st (along with Scott Westerfeld and Jon Armstrong), and at the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series on Tuesday, July 6th, along with Saladin Ahmed. He’ll also be making several appearances at Readercon in the Boston area over the weekend of July 9th.
If for some bizarre reason you are not yet a Bacigalupi completist (we forgive you), Tor.com is pleased to present a reprint of one of his lesser-known stories: “Small Offerings,” which was in the Lou Anders-edited Pyr anthology Fast Forward I and the limited edition of Pump Six, Night Shade Books’ collection of all of Paolo’s short fiction.
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Readouts glow blue on driplines where they burrow into Maya Ong’s spine. She lies on the birthing table, her dark eyes focused on her husband while I sit on a stool between her legs and wait for her baby.