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Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories

by Ursula K. Le Guin Kate Wilhelm Orson Scott Card Shirley Jackson Ray Bradbury Neil Gaiman Philip K. Dick Cory Doctorow Carrie Vaughn Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Paolo Bacigalupi

Brave New Worlds collects over 30 of the best tales of dystopian menace by some of today's visionary writers.

El cementerio de barcos

by Paolo Bacigalupi

UN JOVEN HÉROE. UN MUNDO PELIGROSO. UNA GRAN AVENTURA.Cable de cobre. Planchas de hierro. Chatarra. A veces aceite o incluso un bidón de petróleo, un recurso de otra época. Estos son los tesoros que el joven Nailer rescata de los barcos varados en la playa.En la costa de lo que una vez fue el golfo de México, la gente sobrevive desguazando antiguos petroleros y buques mercantes, y malvendiendo a las grandes empresas. Nailer y sus compañeros, la «cuadrilla ligera», afrontan el trabajo más arriesgado: meterse en las entrañas de los barcos. Es una profesión dura en un mundo duro, en el que nadie cuida de nadie y gana quien es más rápido. Solo hay una manera de escapar: con un golpe de suerte.Y la suerte sonríe a Nailer el día que descubre un hermoso velero, uno de los clíperes con los que siempre ha soñado, encallado en las rocas. Con lo que saque del naufragio, podría abandonar la playa. Aunque dentro también hay una chica prisionera: si la mata, será rico; si la ayuda a regresar con los suyos... empezará la aventura.«Una aventura fascinante en un mundo devastado ... EL CEMENTERIO DE BARCOS es una de las mejores novelas que he leído en los últimos tiempos.» SCOTT WESTERFELD«A los lectores que saborearon ese mundo sombrío y duro de LOS JUEGOS DEL HAMBRE y están buscando una historia distinta, les encantará EL CEMENTERIO DE BARCOS. El futuro que imagina y los maravillosos personajes hacen de esta novela una lectura inolvidable.» SUITE101.COM«Un mundo extraordinariamente bien imaginado; unos personajes excelentes; un ritmo imparable; ni un segundo de aburrimiento.» SF SIGNAL«Una novela de aventuras con una historia trepidante, un ritmo exquisito y unos protagonistas llenos de vida.» THE ZONE

La chica mecánica

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Bienvenidos al siglo XXII.Anderson Lake es el hombre de confianza de AgriGen en Tailandia, un reino cerrado a los extranjeros para proteger sus preciadas reservas ecológicas. Su empleo como director de una fábrica es en realidad una tapadera. Anderson peina los puestos callejeros de Bangkok en busca del botín más preciado para sus amos: los alimentos que la humanidad creía extinguidos. Entonces encuentra a Emiko...Emiko es una «chica mecánica», el último eslabón de la ingeniería genética. Como los demás neoseres a cuya raza pertenece, fue diseñada para servir. Acusados por unos de carecer de alma, por otros de ser demonios encarnados, los neoseres son esclavos, soldados o, en el caso de Emiko, juguetes sexuales para satisfacer a los ricos en un futuro inquietantemente cercano... donde las personas nuevamente han de recordar qué las hace humanas.

The Doubt Factory

by Paolo Bacigalupi

In this page-turning contemporary thriller, National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi explores the timely issue of how public information is distorted for monetary gain, and how those who exploit it must be stopped.Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that's what a mysterious young man who's stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses--and his radical band of teen activists--is right? Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?

The Drowned Cities

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Soldier boys emerged from the darkness. Guns gleamed dully. Bullet bandoliers and scars draped their bare chests. Ugly brands scored their faces. She knew why these soldier boys had come. She knew what they sought, and she knew, too, that if they found it, her best friend would surely die.In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man--a bioengineered war beast named Tool--who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi's highly acclaimed Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.

I'm With the Bears

by Margaret Atwood Bill Mckibben Lydia Millet Paolo Bacigalupi Mark Martin

The size and severity of the global climate crisis is such that even the most committed environmentalists are liable to live in a state of denial. The award-winning writers collected here have made it their task to shake off this nagging disbelief, bringing the incomprehensible within our grasp and shaping an emotional response to the deterioration of our global habitat. From T. C. Boyle's account of early eco-activists, to Nathaniel Rich's vision of a near future where oil sells for $800 a barrel--these ten provocative, occasionally chilling, sometimes satirical stories bring a human reality to disasters of inhuman proportions.Royalties from I'm With the Bears will go to, an international grassroots movement working to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Pump Six and Other Stories

by Paolo Bacigalupi

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.The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the best 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."

Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

The Water Knife

by Paolo Bacigalupi

WATER IS POWER Paolo Bacigalupi, New York Times best-selling author of The Windup Girl and National Book Award finalist, delivers a near-future thriller that casts new light on how we live today--and what may be in store for us tomorrow. The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. With a wallet full of identities and a tricked-out Tesla, Angel arrows south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, Angel encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist, who knows far more about Phoenix's water secrets than she admits, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north to those places where water still falls from the sky. As bodies begin to pile up and bullets start flying, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger, more corrupt, and dirtier than any of them could have imagined. With Phoenix teetering on the verge of collapse and time running out for Angel, Lucy, and Maria, their only hope for survival rests in one another's hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.From the Hardcover edition.

The Windup Girl

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Anderson Lake is AgriGen's Calorie Man, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand while combing Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories.<P><P> Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in this chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.<P> What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits and forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly-acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.<P> Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

Zombie Baseball Beatdown

by Paolo Bacigalupi

In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes--from food safety to racism and immigration--and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from. The zombie apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink. Little do they know the plant's toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters! The boys decide to launch a stealth investigation into the plant's dangerous practices, unknowingly discovering a greedy corporation's plot to look the other way as tainted meat is sold to thousands all over the country. With no grownups left they can trust, Rabi and his friends will have to grab their bats to protect themselves (and a few of their enemies) if they want to stay alive...and maybe even save the world.

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