“This is more bio-punk than steam-punk - I read it as an intro. to the novel "The Windup Girl" because the short stories "The Calorie Man" and "The Yellow Card Man" set the environmental background for "The Windup Girl." The stories are disturbing, highlighting the possible effects of genetic-modifications run amok. Recommended for inquiring minds.”Raymond Sosnowski wrote this review Monday, November 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Small Offerings (free to read on TOR):
Definite trigger warning for sensitive subjects. It's also not one I'd suggest if you have a sensitive stomach - there's a few rather gory descriptions that will upset some readers.
I've got the story on my sci-fi shelf, but it's more speculative fiction. I'm not sure what (if any) scientific basis the story rests on, but it's not hard to see the kind of future being portrayed here as possible.
The story looks at the lengths a futuristic society has found themselves taking in order to be able to reproduce. Humanity has been exposed to so many chemicals over the years, that they've built up in people's bodies making the chances of having a healthy child unlikely. The story follows a medical care professional (OBGYN? I'm not sure it ever says what exactly her position is) in the course of the rather horrifying 'treatment' that is used as a solution.
I haven't read the rest of the book.”
“4 stars for "The People of Sand and Slag" and "Pop Squad" - both are excellent. The other stories are decent, but nothing great.”the Ink Slinger wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A small quote: "His writing deals with the ethics and possible ramifications of genetic engineering and western dominance, as well as the nature of humanity and a world in which, despite drastic changes, people remain essentially the same." --> Absolutely an eye opener into the world of BioPunk, a technotwist variety of fantasy with absence of magic. ”Ludo Sak wrote this review Tuesday, February 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great collection of stories. If I ever met Paolo in person my face would melt out of sheer admiration.”J. Bouquet wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A mind-stretching set of stories of plausible eco futures, including ones where water, calorie, and reproductive rights have become foundational. Amazing and insightful storytelling -- but warning -- some stories are disturbing (e.g., "Pop Squad" and "Softly"). Nevertheless, thought-provoking, immersive, and an intellectually stimulating read.”Frank wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I picked this one up as a part of the Humble Indie E-book Bundle, I'd not read any books by Paolo Bacigalupi prior to that. Pump Six is a collection of short stories, the majority of which I think are occurring in the world created for Windup Girl. This world is a part of the ever growing "enviro-dystopian" subgenre if sci fi. In this world large food producers (think like pioneer-hybrid) have the most power and a large part of the tech sector has wound down.
It was a decent short story book. If you're into "eco-dystopian" this is going to be a good be a good read for you. If you don't get into dystpoian, as I tend not to, it may be a pass for you. ”
“Dark & disturbing stories of possible near (and far)-futures. The one recurring theme is scarcity of resources and how these different, very plausible, societies deal with it. Two of the stories are pre-cursors to 'The Windup Girl' and fill in more details on how the world depicted there came to exist.
Overall: 4 solid stars
“Dark, gritty, intense and disturbing. Not stories for the faint-hearted or anyone easily shocked. All the stories took place in dystopian futures, where the ecology is wrecked and mankind struggles to survive. My favorites were "The Pasho", "Pop Squad", "Yellow Card Man" and "Pump Six". "The People of Sand and Slag" is a story I literally hated, not because it was written poorly but because it was brutal and ugly.”Kevin H wrote this review Sunday, April 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No