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

For another comparison with Blade Runner, see



  • 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 biopunk

(and other punks)



ngaw, durian fruits of SE Asia

(lychee, rambutan)

Lonely Planet Travel Guide Vid Intro 

Bangkok Flooding



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

The Windup Girl

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