Pump Six and Other Stories

Paolo Bacigalupi
science fiction, short stories
Pump Six and Other Stories - Paolo Bacigalupi9.26

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.


  • Pocketful of Dharma
  • The Fluted Girl
  • The People of Sand and Slag
  • The Pasho
  • The Calorie Man
  • The Tamarisk Hunter
  • Pop Squad
  • Yellow Card Man
  • Softer
  • Pump Six
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Release date: February 1, 2008
Genres: science fiction, short stories
Tags: locus award
Average rating: 9.26/10
Total ratings: 4
Updated: August 14, 2021