Paolo Bacigalupi’s books include The Windup Girl and The Water Knife. From his Q & A with Joel Cunningham at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog:
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I really wanted to write a story that felt relevant to me. I wanted to write about questions that I have about our future. How do we deal with technologies like genetic engineering? What does it mean to be able to alter the natural world for profit? What happens next? Where does that take us? It’s the same with questions about where we get our energy, and how we use it, along with things like climate change. I think there are a lot of question marks, and they’re worth exploring. The fact that story is set in a broken future highlights a lot of my concerns about...[read on]
Writers Read: Paolo Bacigalupi (March 2010).