Paolo Bacigalupi's

The Windup Girl

biopunk SF

 

Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards in 2009

 

"Grimy post-ecocrunch near-future dystopia in which peak oil peaked ages ago, and the most cherished source of energy is measured in the tightly regulated calories…  If you like worldbuilding, this novel’s vision… makes Blade Runner look like it was shot on plywood backdrops in someone’s garage"         

                                                                        — SF Reviews.net

For another comparison with Blade Runner, see https://www.sfsite.com/10a/wg329.htm

 

cyberpunk

  • portmanteau word that fuses “cybernetics” and “punk”:
    • A subset of science fiction of the 1980s and 90s that focuses on information systems, virtual realities, cyberspace networks.
    • Not quite dystopian, bc society is not coherently organized, and is often on the brink of upheaval
  • almost always pessimistic about the not-too-distant future.
  • Early examples:
    • William Gibson’s “Johnny Mnemonic” and Neuromancer (1980s)
    • Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and The Diamond Age (1990s)

From cyberpunk...to biopunk

(and other punks)

 

 

ngaw, durian fruits of SE Asia

(lychee, rambutan)

Lonely Planet Travel Guide Vid Intro 

Bangkok Flooding

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangkok-streets-flood-after-torrential-rain-9311380

 

Retro-Futurism

Sometimes, I think we're living the last days of Ayutthaya all over again"

                 (Jaidee, the Tiger of Bangkok, p. 66)

 

The Windup Girl

By Elisa Beshero-Bondar

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