Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of
the science fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable,
and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of
the stories herein is at once a warning, and a celebration of the
tragic comedy of the human experience. Paolo's fiction has been
collected in various best of the year anthologies, has been nominated
for the Nebula and Hugo awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon
Memorial Award for best SF short story of the year.
The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the best of Paolo's work, including the Hugo nominee "Yellow Card Man," the Nebula-and Hugo-nominated story "The People of Sand and Slag," and the Sturgeon Award-winning story "The Calorie Man." The title story is original to this collection. With this book, Paolo Bacigalupi takes his place alongside SF short fiction masters Ted Chiang, Kelly Link and others, as an important young writer that directly and unabashedly tackles today's most important issues.
Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and the environmental journal High Country News. His non-fiction essays have appeared in Salon.com and High Country News, and have been syndicated into numerous western newspapers including the Idaho Statesman, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Salt Lake Tribune. He lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son.